Graduate Program in Philosophy


Welcome to the Graduate Program in Philosophy at York University. We specialize in a number of research areas, including:

  • Ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of law
  • Philosophy of cognitive science, mind and language
  • History of 19th and 20th century philosophy
  • Philosophy of science and epistemology
  • The Graduate Program in Philosophy offers rigorous training in the core areas of philosophy, and accommodates diverse approaches in the exploration of philosophical problems.
  • Philosophers in the Graduate Program draw on a wide range of resources for their research and teaching, including empirical, conceptual, and applied approaches. They are also engaged in ongoing discourse with researchers in other disciplines, including law, psychology, the cognitive sciences, the neuro-sciences, and the clinical sciences.
  • Graduate students in the Graduate Program are an integral part of a lively philosophical community, hosting their own annual conference as well as regular philosophical and social events. They also take an active role in the three concurrent speakers series that are hosted by the Program: the Philosophy Speaker Series and the Cognitive Science Speaker Series.

Graduate students are eligible to take the graduate–level diploma in Value Theory & Applied Ethics.

Prospective Graduate Students

Considering applying to do graduate work in Philosophy? Admission
requirement for our programs are:

Master of Arts Program

-BA Honours degree in philosophy, or its equivalent
-At least a B+ average in the last two years of study.
-It is recommended that students applying to the program have studied
some logic and have some background in the history of philosophy.

Doctor of Philosophy Program

Graduates with a Master's Degree in Philosophy,  while B+ is the
minimum GPA  average to be eligible for admission to the program,
successful applicants normally have a GPA of at least an A-.

Combined Juris Doctor (JD) / Master of Arts in Philosophy

Students must apply, meet the admission requirements, and be admitted
separately to both the JD and MA programs, indicating their interest
in the dual program.

Applications for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle are currently closed.