MA in Philosophy, course-based

Are you seeking to broaden your philosophical background without committing to full-time study? A course-based MA program provides an opportunity for you to pursue rigorous study in a flexible manner.

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  • Master of Arts (MA), course-based in Philosophy

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Program objective

The MA Course-Based Program is a great choice if your occupational or family commitment makes full-time graduate work a difficult undertaking. This program also provides an alternative to completing a thesis for your Master's degree, but is still comparable preparation for doctoral work.

Course-based MA students are usually not eligible for financial support from the Department.

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Master of Arts (MA), course-based

In a course-based program, all degree requirements are fulfilled by completing courses. These may include courses that involve a project, such as a major research paper or group project.

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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.

Alison McConwell, PhD'17

Postdoc UCalgary and Stanford

Thesis-based study

Pursue independent research guided by a supervisor who shares your research interests. If you want to advance your knowledge or expand your expertise in a specific field or research area, our thesis-based programs are for you.

Course-based study

Ideal for students seeking to advance their careers, our course-based programs offer research, project and group work components in a wide variety of delivery methods.


A supervisor is a faculty member who oversees your research and the development of your thesis.

Transferability between MA Programs

You may be permitted by the Department to transfer from one route to the other provided that there is evidence of satisfactory progress in the current program. The transfer must be made within two years of first registration.

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