MA in Philosophy, thesis-based

Join one of Canada's most respected philosophy departments, with a strong placement record for both MA and PhD recipients.

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  • Master of Arts (MA), thesis-based
  • Option to complete one of two interdisciplinary concentrations

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Master of Arts (MA), thesis-based

Thesis-based programs require that you pursue independent and original research culminating in a thesis. You will work under the supervision of a faculty member whose expertise matches your research area.

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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.

Teresa Kouri, MA'10

PhD Ohio State University

What is 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.

What is 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.

What is a supervisor?

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


MA Concentration in History & Philosophy of Science

In cooperation with the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy offers the MA with specialization in the History and Philosophy of Science. This program is intended for students with an undergraduate concentration in history, philosophy, or one of the natural or social sciences. Graduate study in this area covers a broad range of topics in the history and philosophy of science.

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Faculty in History and Philosophy of Science


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MA Concentration in Philosophy of Religion

In cooperation with the Department of Classics and Religion, the Department of Philosophy offers an MA degree in the Philosophy of Religion. This program is intended for students with an undergraduate concentration in Philosophy or Religious Studies. Graduate study in this area covers a broad range of topics in the Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology.

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Faculty in Philosophy of Religion

Graduate program contacts

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Graduate Program Administrator

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Jen Smith
403.220.5533
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Graduate Program Director

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Dr. Ann Levey
403.220.5536
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