Western University - Canada

12 months
12164 CAD/year
4240 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario is a one-year program. Students take six one-term courses and write a 10,000 research paper over the summer (which may, but need not, develop work from one of their courses). 


Each year the courses available reflect the strengths and diversity of interests of the faculty, which collect along five principal fields: feminist philosophy; history of philosophy (ancient, medieval and modern); moral, political and legal philosophy; philosophy of mind and language; and philosophy of science (including mathematics and logic.

The MA in Philosophy is offered by the University of Western Ontario.

The Department of Philosophy at Western University has for many years been considered one of the foremost Departments of Philosophy in Canada and in certain areas it is considered to be among the foremost Departments in the world.

It is continuously ranked among the top 50 Departments in the world and is ranked on the Philosophical Gourmet Report in General Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Physics, Decision Theory, Philosophy of Math, Mathematical Logic, Early Modern (17th Century), Early Modern (18th Century), and Feminist Philosophy.

The Department also cooperates with and draws strength from several other sectors of the University. 

These include the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, and the following Departments: Women's Studies and Feminist Research, Political Science, Physics and Astronomy, Applied Mathematics, and Psychology. Several students are active in the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and the Lab Associate Program run in collaboration with Western's Brain and Mind Institute.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Topics in the Philosophy of Emotion
  • Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception
  • Aristotle’s Legal Theory 
  • Survey of Philosophy of Science
  • Human Rights
  • Consciousness 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Honours (or four-year) Bachelor's program from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 70% average in the last two years of the undergraduate degree.
  • In special circumstances, students whose specialization is not philosophy may be admitted, depending upon how relevant their discipline of training is to their intended program of study in philosophy.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12164 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6082 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4240 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2120 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


Funding Details

  • Western Funding Package

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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