24 months
5450 USD/year
5450 USD/year
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The Philosophy Master of Arts program at Brock University is truly distinctive: it is the only program in Canada that affords students the unique opportunity to study Eastern philosophy and Contemporary Continental thought.


The Master in Philosophy program at Brock University focuses on three areas: recent and contemporary Continental and Asian thought, as well as Comparative philosophy. The program also accommodates the rise in importance of post-structuralist continental thinkers. Such inclusions indicate the type of dynamic rapport the Department wishes to keep with the wider philosophical community. Consequently, the majority of courses offered in any one year will be selected from the following specializations:


  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy (Existentialism, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Post-Structuralism): Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Gadamer, Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, Kristeva, Irigaray, Habermas or some contemporary European movement, such as Structuralism, the Frankfurt School, etc.
  • Eastern Philosophy: Indian and Upanishadic Philosophy: texts from the six orthodox schools of Indian philosophy, especially Vedanta, Early Indian Buddhist traditions, especially Madhyamika schools and Yogacara Buddhism; Bhakti traditions, Gandhi; Chinese Philosophy, especially Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism.
  • Comparative Philosophy: Comparison of Eastern and Western traditions with respect to problems of being, knowledge, person, values, and philosophical method.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sartre
  • Merleau-Ponty
  • Foucault
  • Nietzsche
  • Critical Theory: Frankfurt School
  • Husserl and Transcendental Phenomenology
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Habermas
  • Heidegger

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Applications are accepted until the program is full.  


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

To be considered for admission to a Master’s program, a student will normally hold a four year degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited university with a minimum 75% (mid-B) average over the last two years of full-time undergraduate study.

You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:
  • Two academic references are required.
  • A statement of intent concerning graduate studies in philosophy at Brock.
  • A writing sample (no more than 20 pages in length), is required and beneficial. It should be related to the study of philosophy.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2725 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    5450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2725 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for St. Catharines

1015 - 1615 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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