The supportive and welcoming attitudes of the members of the Philosophy Department at the University of Calgary fostered a collaborative environment that allowed me to thrive personally and academically.
The University of Calgary offers one of Canada's top graduate programs in philosophy. About 30 graduate students, half of whom are pursuing a PhD and half an MA degree, work with our 22 permanent faculty in diverse areas of philosophy. Ethics, philosophy of language and logic, and philosophy of science are three areas of particular strength. All our PhD students and all our thesis-based MA students are fully funded.
The MA program at UCalgary is ideally set up to help prepare people to enter into PhD programs, which is in large part due to the supportive faculty and staff. I loved the department lounge, where you could always find someone willing to talk philosophy, or play a game of cribbage. It's such a supportive and open department - I don't think I could have had a better experience completing my MA.
Calgary's philosophy department is a vibrant philosophical community. In addition to graduate seminars, our students benefit from an active visiting speakers series and regular research group meetings. Our thriving graduate philosophy society hosts regular graduate colloquia and organizes an annual graduate student conference. We have a strong placement record for both MA and PhD recipients.
All full-time students have office space in the department and access to computer facilities. The Department is an active and welcoming philosophical community and encourages diversity. An attractive departmental layout, with offices around a central lounge area, enhances the department's open character.
The Philosophy Department at UCalgary provided an incredibly supportive experience during my time as a graduate student. This support ranged from scholarship applications to funding to jobseeking, all of which are important factors for graduate student success beyond the thesis itself. The department carries a feeling of community and I am happy I could be a part of that.
Calgary offers funded graduate programs leading to PhD and MA degrees.
In addition to the general MA in Philosophy, students may choose one of our MA concentrations:
To apply for graduate studies in Philosophy, you must apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. We are accepting applications between September 1 and January 15 for the following Fall term. MA applicants who are also applying for SSHRC should apply by January 6.