Master of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students with an honours BA degree in philosophy (or equivalent) and who have a B+ or higher grade average in the last two years of study may be considered for entrance into the MA program.

Strong candidates will demonstrate good training in philosophy (including logic and history of philosophy) and good fit with our faculty and program. We pay particular attention to applicants' writing samples and statements of interest in our program.

Degree Requirements

MA by Coursework

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Philosophy 5800 3.0: Core Theoretical Philosophy I, Philosophy 5801 3.0: Core Theoretical Philosophy II, Philosophy 5802 3.0: Core Practical Philosophy I and Philosophy 5803 3.0: Core Practical Philosophy II.
  2. The equivalent of two additional full courses, at least one of which is not integrated with an undergraduate course, with no more than one half-course a reading course, and with at least one half-course that focuses in depth on a single historically significant problem or philosopher.

With the permission of the program director, students may take one half graduate course outside the program, either at York or elsewhere, and count it towards these course requirements.

MA by Coursework and Thesis

In exceptional cases, students who enter the MA program with a clearly formulated plan of study and supervision may choose, with the agreement of the director and the proposed supervisor, to do their MA by thesis. Such students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Philosophy 5800 3.0: Core Theoretical Philosophy I and 5802 3.0: Core Practical Philosophy I.
  2. The equivalent of one full course, with no more than one half-course a reading course, and with at least one half-course that focuses in depth on a single historically significant problem or philosopher.
  3. Philosophy thesis which is to be based on original research and to be successfully defended at an oral examination. The length of the thesis will normally not exceed 25,000 words.  A thesis proposal should be submitted early in the fall term (mid-October).  For a list of what to include in a proposal, please see Proposal Contents

With the permission of the program director, students may take one half graduate course outside the program, either at York or elsewhere, and count it towards these course requirements.

Time Limits

Full-time master’s candidates are expected to complete the degree requirements within twelve months, or three terms.