Students applying for admission to the MA with Thesis program normally hold an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in philosophy; however, applications are considered from students with less exposure to philosophy but a strong record in a related academic field. Generally, the Department admits students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on the University of Calgary's 4.0 scale.
If accepted, a student will follow a program of study approved by their supervisor and the Graduate Director. Each program will be planned individually, taking into consideration Faculty requirements, departmental requirements and the student's educational background as well as their scholarly objectives.
The program normally requires six half-course equivalents (i.e. 6 one-term courses). The tailoring of a graduate program to suit the scholarly needs and objectives of an individual student is an integral part of the program. Philosophy graduate courses are listed in the Graduate Calendar. Advanced credit for graduate-level courses taken elsewhere may be granted. Requests for advanced credit must be sent to the Philosophy Graduate Director at the time of application to the MA program.
The program includes research for and writing of an MA thesis. The thesis is examined in an oral examination.
Students will be deemed eligible to graduate with a master's degree in philosophy upon receipt by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the following:
A student with an honours baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in philosophy may be permitted to complete the requirements for the MA in the minimum period of one calendar year. The department is not prepared to recommend that any MA student be allowed to spend more than two years in residence except in unusual circumstances.