M.A. On Campus


Wilfrid Laurier University

12 months
13770 CAD/year
5246 CAD/year
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Explore metaphysical, epistemological, moral and political questions about selves, agency and communities. The Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University is the only program of its kind in Canada to have a thematic focus that explores questions about the nature of the self, its relation to others, and the nature and significance of human agency.

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Philosophical questions about the self and human agency cut across traditional core areas of philosophy – so although our program is distinctive in its special thematic focus, your research project can span a broad range of the traditional philosophical fields. 

The thematic focus on the self and human agency means you can work in diverse fields and from different philosophical perspectives, can productively engage in discussion and learn from others’ work, and will be well prepared for doctoral work in philosophy or for a career in any number of fields outside of philosophy.

The students of this Philosophy program from Wilfrid Laurier University get to know our faculty and work closely with them, both in seminars and beyond. Each MA student works particularly closely with a faculty mentor on the major research paper. 


The graduates have gone on to work in business, law and academia. Examples of types of jobs held by our graduates include:

  • entrepreneur
  • lawyer
  • diplomat
  • professor
  • writer

Programme Structure

Research Focus:

  • ancient Greek ethics and rhetoric
  • historical and contemporary constructions of sex, gender and sexuality
  • gay, lesbian and queer politics
  • theories of individual and collective identity
  • feminist theory
  • narrative views of the self
  • personal identity
  • climate ethics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Applications will be considered until the program is full. 


5 alternative credits

5.0 credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree (honours) or equivalent.
  • A minimum B+ average in your final year of undergraduate studies and a B+ cumulative average in all philosophy courses.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of interests, a writing sample and letters of reference.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13770 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6885 CAD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    5246 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2623 CAD per semester during 12 months.

Tuition per term

Living costs for Waterloo

810 - 1447 CAD /month
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