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Philosophy scholars pursue questions of truth at the root of virtually all academic investigation in science and the humanities. Our philosophy graduate program is one of Canada's finest, garnering international recognition. Through their dedication to academic excellence, our doctoral supervisors and students maintain a PhD program that is one of Canada's top five.
The program has a strong placement record for graduates of both the PhD and MA. While many graduates pursue academic careers, the PhD in philosophy can lead to careers in consulting, public policy and research. Students accepted into this highly competitive PhD program will engage with a vibrant philosophical community supplemented with a visiting speaker series and regular research group meetings.
Core Course: Graduate Proseminar, usually taken in the first year.
Logic: Students must show competence in logic.
Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
Additional Courses: Topics may include philosophy of science, history of philosophy, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, epistemology, logic and more.
Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.
Academia, law, public policy, research analysis, consulting, publishing.
A PhD in philosophy is usually considered a final degree.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
Minimum of seven courses
A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
Applicants hold a four-year undergraduate degree with honours or a major in philosophy; however, applicants with a degree in a related academic field will be considered.
A sample of written work, such as a recent essay, written in English.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
For admission on September 1:
Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
International students: Jan. 15 application deadline
University of Calgary
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Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
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