Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Philosophy

Our Masters program admits one or two students per year. We look for high quality students whose philosophic interests match the expertise of our faculty. Potential applicants should check with our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Todd Calder, at, regarding their thesis topic prior to making formal application to the program. We are primarily an analytic department and those of us with interests in the history of philosophy study such figures for sake of the insights they provide into contemporary philosophic issues. The MA program consists of three full courses (or six half courses) and a thesis. Students are expected to complete the program within 12 months and to work full time at their studies.

All questions and inquiries about the program should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator. Applications and funding requests go directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). Potential applicants are encouraged to review the information below before deciding to apply.

The deadline for September admission is February 1.

A completed application consists of:

  • All pertinent application materials required by the FGSR policies
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Two short samples of written work in philosophy
  • A statement of no more than 500 words of philosophic interests and abilities
  • A statement of no more than 500 words outlining what the student would like to work on in their MA thesis

Below is a list of Department faculty members and their respective areas of specialization who are available to supervise graduate students.

Dr. Robert Ansell: Analytic Philosophy; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Mind; Political Philosophy

Dr. Todd Calder: Ethics; Social Philosophy

Dr. Shelagh Crooks: Argumentation Theory; Epistemology; Metaphysics

Dr. Scott Edgar: Early Modern Philosophy; Kant; Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

Dr. Lisa Gannett: Philosophy of Science; History and Philosophy of Biology; Race, Gender, and Science; Bioethics

Dr. John MacKinnon: Aesthetics; Legal Theory (Jurisprudence)

Dr. Mark Mercer: Ancient Philosophy; Epistemology; Meta-Ethics; Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Mind

Dr. Sheldon Wein: Ethical Issues in International Development; Ethical Theory; Legal Theory (Jurisprudence); Social Philosophy; Meta-Ethics; Utilitarianism; Contractarianism; Philosophy of Language