Programs:

Philosophy

Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is used to clarify and interpret important concepts such as truth, God, mortality, beauty, knowledge and reality. These concepts play an important role in our self-understanding and our interpretation of the world.

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Degree Details

Doctorate (Ph.D.)

McMaster’s Doctoral Program in Philosophy offers courses of study leading to the degree of Ph.D. in philosophy. The program’s fundamental aims are to develop in students the research capabilities required of professional philosophers and to qualify students to teach philosophy at university level. Since the most important qualification for a university position is competence in advanced research, the program makes research the main feature of a student’s individual course of study. Coursework is complementary to research rather than a qualification for it. The program has been designed so that students may quickly enter into the excitement of their own research while steadily building a solid foundation of comprehensive knowledge. Full accounts of the McMaster program regulations, current courses, student and faculty research, and information on funding and applying may be accessed from the links on the left.

Areas of Research

  • Social, Political and Legal Philosophy
  • Theoretical and Applied Ethics
  • History of Philosophy(Ancient and Modern)
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Language and Logic
Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Master’s degree in Philosophy or a related degree
Program Options:
Full-Time, Part-Time
Typical Entry:
September
Typical Deadline:
February 1st, annually

Degree Options

Master of Arts (M.A.)Degree Details

Length:
2 years
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Philosophy
Program Type:
Thesis
Program Options:
Full-Time, Part-Time

Doctorate (Ph.D.)Degree Details

Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Master’s degree in Philosophy or a related degree
Program Options:
Full-Time, Part-Time