Philosophy, M.A. | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
12 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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Each small incoming class to the Philosophy MA program at Carleton University begins with a pro-seminar to understand relations and interactions between the Department’s two broad strengths in contemporary philosophy: philosophy of mind, language, and knowledge; and moral, social, and political philosophy. 


Each student at the Philosophy MA program at Carleton University can explore their own research interests in small-group or one-to-one graduate tutorials.

An exciting variety of graduate seminars is offered, with new topics added every year. They have included Kant, women and early modern philosophy, the Stoics on emotions, consciousness and agency, justice and equality, development ethics and philosophical naturalism.

Capital Advantage

As home to the Government, Parliament and Supreme Court of Canada, a world-class array of museums, galleries, and cultural festivals, multiple post-secondary educational institutions and many non-governmental organizations of academic interest, Ottawa provides students of philosophy with unique opportunities for the expansion of the mind. In collaboration with Carleton, the nation’s capital also regularly hosts visits and public lectures from such intellectual luminaries as Martha Nussbaum, Noam Chomsky, Margaret Atwood, Peter Singer, Michael Walzer, John Perry, Angela Davis and Daniel Dennett.

Career Opportunities 

In recent years, about half of our graduates have gone on to PhD studies in Canada, the U.S. and Europe at such prestigious institutions as Oxford, Cornell and Brown. Others have entered a wide variety of occupations in the public and private sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Special Topic in Philosophy
  • Tutorial in the History of Philosophy
  • Tutorial in the Work of an Individual Philosopher
  • Topics in Philosophy of Mind or Philosophy of Language
  • Topics in Value Theory
  • Topics in Ethics or Political Philosophy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in philosophy, with at least a B+ average or higher. 

Tuition Fee

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    18463 CAD/year
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  • National

    6657 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 6657 CAD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
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