The M.A. Program in Philosophy
UMGF Application and instructions
Entering the Program
To enter the M.A. program directly, applicants must have the equivalent of an honours degree in philosophy, with a satisfactory distribution across the fields of philosophy as judged by the Department. We require a minimum grade point average of B over the last two full years of study. In specific cases where the academic background of the student is judged to be insufficient, the department may recommend that the student be admitted to a pre-Master’s program of study. The pre-Master’s program is designed to bring the student’s standing to approximately the level of an honours graduate in the major department, and to provide any necessary prerequisites for courses. Admission to a pre-Master’s program does not guarantee future admission to a Master’s program. Pre-Master's students must also re-apply in order to enter the M.A. program in Philosophy.
We require all academic transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a short (8-20 page) writing sample. The writing sample should be sent directly either to the Department of Philosophy or electronically to Prof. Martens at firstname.lastname@example.org. The remaining documents should be submitted with the application form, which can be found here .
Nature of Master's Work
Depending on prior background, the M.A. degree in Philosophy can be obtained in either one year or two years of full-time academic work. Students accepted into a two-year program (pre-Master's students) will be required to take approximately 24 hours of course credits (usually all in Philosophy) during their first year (the pre-Master's year). Upon sucessful completion of the pre-Master's year, students will enter the Master's year on an equal footing with students accepted directly into the one-year Master's program.