IX. Graduate Programs


MA Program

The Philosophy Department includes a wide range of expertise which allows students accepted into the MA program to both extend their philosophical background at the graduate level and to concentrate their research project in any of a number of different areas such as the history of philosophy, ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of science. It is primarily a research degree and the program will involve either an MA thesis or the smaller Major Research Project.

Admission Requirements

A four-year bachelor's degree from a recognized university. Normally this will include at least a major in philosophy, although the program is also open to students who may not have had a substantial number of philosophy undergraduate courses but who provide evidence of philosophical ability. In all cases, in order to be considered for admission to the MA program, the department requires that the average grade over the last 10.00 credits of studies (i.e., a normal two years of full-time studies on the University of Guelph system) be at least 75%. All applicants are required to submit a sample of writing. Further details can be found on the Philosophy Department website.

Program Requirements

Students enrol in one of two study options: 1) course work and major research project (1 year), or 2) thesis (2 years).

Regardless of the stream chosen, the MA in Philosophy at Guelph is a research degree, in which the responsibility for study rests primarily with the student. Students in both streams are expected to develop their own topic for research.

  • Total of 2 credits in graduate course work required

  • At least 3 graduate courses (0.5 credits each) plus the mandatory MA Seminar (0.5 credits)

  • Completion and defence of a thesis

Course Work and Major Research Project (MRP)
  • Total of 4 credits in graduate course work required.

  • 5 graduate courses (0.5 credits each) plus the mandatory MA Seminar (0.5 credits)

  • Major Research Project (1.0 credit)

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