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Philosophy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Philosophy Department at Saint Mary’s University has a small but thriving MA program which typically admits one or two students a year. We have particular strengths in ethics, social and political philosophy, epistemology, aesthetics, philosophy of education, history of late modern philosophy, and philosophy of science and its history.


Graduate students in Philosophy quickly become active participants in the life of the department, and regularly participate in local philosophical conferences and colloquia with department members. The department also offers opportunities for graduate students to be mentored in the theory and practice of teaching their discipline, through classroom observation, participation, curriculum development and delivery, and discussion. Generous fellowships are available, funded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Metaphysics
  • Argumentation Theory
  • Advanced Topics in Applied Ethics
  • Feminist Philosophy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Honours bachelor’s degree in Philosophy or equivalent 
  • An online application form plus the $110 processing fee (non-refundable)
  • A supplemental form (if required by program)
  • Official proof of English language proficiency (if required)
  • Recommendation Forms
  • Official transcripts for all universities and colleges attended

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16751 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16751 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    7564 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7564 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Halifax

  • 1235 - 1960 CAD/month
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