Graduate Student

General Information

The University of Saskatchewan offers a friendly and supportive environment in which to pursue an MA degree in Philosophy. Students enjoy small seminar classes and one-on-one contact with faculty members. The department offers courses in core areas of faculty expertise and thesis supervision in most areas of philosophy. Faculty members have research interests which give the department special strengths in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, 18th- and 19th-century philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and aesthetics. Applications are particularly welcome from students interested in pursuing topics in these areas of study. Locally, the department collaborates with the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Graduate College’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program. We have regular departmental seminars, visiting speakers, social gatherings, and other events in which our students are encouraged to participate as part of their graduate education.

Residency for the MA degree is one year, although two years is the normal completion time. Students pursuing the MA-with-thesis option normally do their coursework in the first year and complete their thesis in the second year; students pursuing the MA-by-coursework option normally do half their coursework in the first year and half their coursework in the second year. The University Library subscribes to all the major journals in the field and fully sustains graduate research in the department's areas of interest.

Scholarships and teaching assistantships of up to $17,000 per calendar year for the MA are available to qualified applicants on a competitive basis. Applications are accepted at any time, but in order to maximize one’s opportunities for funding, a complete application with all supporting documents should be received by February 1st.

Eligibility for admission to the Master's program normally requires an honours undergraduate degree in Philosophy, or equivalent, although students with strong academic credentials who do not meet this requirement may also be considered. Applicants must also have a cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (i.e. 60 credit units U of S equivalent).

Graduates of the program have gone on to PhD work at some of the top programs in North America and Europe. The department also participates in the Interdisciplinary Studies PhD Program, in which philosophical studies of an interdisciplinary nature may be pursued. Those seeking admission to the PhD program should visit the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Interdisciplinary Studies website for further information.

Application requirements and deadlines can be found in the How to Apply section.


Graduate Program Admin Support
Nadine Penner
Arts 515
(306) 966-5797 

Graduate Director
Dr. Leslie Howe
Arts 616
(306) 966-6387