24 months
3892 CAD/year
3892 CAD/year
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The Philosophy Department at Simon Fraser University offers a course-based, two-year program geared towards students who have decided to pursue a PhD in Philosophy, and who would benefit from establishing a strong philosophical foundation in an exciting and supportive North American program. 


Students who join Simon Fraser University's Philosophy program may have limited coursework in Philosophy; they may be coming from non-North American departments or philosophical traditions; and they may have a hot and cold transcript for which clear evidence of great graduate work can be helpful.


We aim to put our students in the best position for them to apply to a PhD program that fits their interests and needs. We also support students who are not yet completely sure that academic philosophy is for them, and want to explore it is a more focused setting.

We are an MA-only program. This puts our faculty in a great position to focus on the unique needs and opportunities of philosophical work at the mater’s level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • We begin by assessing each student’s philosophical background, looking for at least 2 undergraduate courses at the 300- or 400-level (with a minimum grade of B+) in three central areas of philosophy (value theory, epistemology and metaphysics, and history).
  • Students lacking this background will be asked to meet this minimum standard, thus making themselves more attractive to PhD programs. 
  • To receive the MA, each MA student must take 7 graduate level courses, one in each of the three main areas, plus satisfy a logic requirement.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • a bachelor’s degree from SFU or its equivalent from a recognized institution
    • a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.33 scale, or 3.33 on a 4.33 scale (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered.
    • submitted evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the applicant’s ability to undertake advanced studies in the area of interest.
    • proof of English Language proficiency
    • In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is significant experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3892 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1946 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    3892 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1946 CAD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Burnaby

1600 - 2700 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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