36 months
8638 CAD/year
3502 CAD/year
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The course-based Philosophy program at University of Calgary is ideal for students seeking a broad background in philosophy, and is especially suited for those without an undergraduate degree in philosophy, or those who seek part-time study.


Students in the Philosophy program at University of Calgary will become part of a vibrant intellectual community in one of Canada's preeminent philosophy programs. Activities coordinated by the philosophy department include graduate seminars, regular research group meetings and an active series of visiting speakers. All full-time students get office space in the department with access to computer facilities. The department's open layout, with offices around a central lounge area, invites the social and intellectual exchange that is fundamental to an education in philosophy.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Two courses in the history of philosophy, two courses in 20th century/contemporary philosophy and the Graduate Proseminar.
  • Remedial Courses: If required, students will remedy background deficiencies taking senior undergraduate course work.
  • Final Master's Examination Thesis: Students will complete both oral and written final exams.
  • Additional Courses: Topics may include philosophy of science, history of philosophy, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, epistemology, logic and more.
  • Course Load: Students must complete at least one course in each annual registration period.


Academia, law, public policy, research analysis, consulting, publishing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics in the History of Philosophy
  • Topics in Metaphysics
  • Topics in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Topics in Ethics
  • Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
  • Metalogic

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
  • A four-year undergraduate degree with honours or a major in philosophy. Applicants with a degree in a related academic field will be considered.
  • A sample of written work, such as a recent essay, written in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8638 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4319 CAD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    3502 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1751 CAD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Calgary

1247 - 1953 CAD /month
Living costs

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