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Programs of study

Student resources and opportunities

As a Philosophy student, you can take advantage of opportunities and supports.

Undergraduate student resources

Philosophy student associations

To be added to the mailing list to learn about events hosted by our three philosophy student groups, please email psa.ecsa.uofm@gmail.com.

Graduate student resources

Finding a graduate advisor

Before submitting your application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the Philosophy MA program, you will need to first need tentative acceptance from an academic advisor.

To assist with this, you can contact our Graduate Program Assistant at steven.brown@umanitoba.ca.

In an email, please let us know the area of study and research you are interested in, and include the following:

  • a bit about yourself, and how to best contact you,
  • a brief summary of your relevant education, community and/or work experiences,
  • a description of your proposed research topic.

All graduate students start off with the Philosophy Graduate Chair as their advisor. Once it is determined which program stream (coursework, research papers or thesis) you wish to pursue, your advisor may be changed. 

Please note that tentative acceptance from an advisor does not guarantee admission into the program.

Past theses

Past Department of Philosophy theses can be found on MSpace.

View past theses on MSpace

Graduate financial aid and awards

The following philosophy fellowships, bursaries and scholarships are awarded to graduate philosophy students. Philosophy students can also apply for aid and awards offered to all UM graduate students.

See all available Philosophy graduate scholarships in the awards database

Harold R. Abells MA Scholarship in Philosophy

This scholarship is awarded to a master's student in the Department of Philosophy who:

  • in the majority opinion of the members of the selection committee, is making excellent progress.
  • is pursuing the degree through either the thesis or comprehensive route.
  • has a grade point average of not less than 3.50.

Fellowship value
The value is the available annual interest generated by the fund.
No award shall be made in any given year if, in the opinion of the selection committee, none of the candidates are sufficiently meeting the award requirements. The award shall not be held over a second time except by unanimous approval of the selection committee.

How to apply
Contact the Department of Philosophy Graduate Assistant for deadlines and application instructions.

Mary Catherine Cartwright Fellowships in Philosophy

These fellowships are awarded to master's students in the Department of Philosophy who:

  • have applied for admission to the master's program in philosophy, and/or a UM Graduate Fellowship tenable in the Department of Philosophy, not later than January 31.
  • have a grade point average of not less than 3.60 over a base period defined as follows:
    • the results of at least one full year of study consisting of not less than 24 credit hours prior to the academic year during which the award is applied for, and
    • the results available for the first term of the academic year during which the award is applied for.

Fellowship value

The value of each fellowship is as follows:

  • When held in conjunction with a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship, it will be not less than $4,000, nor more than the maximum amount permitted by the regulations governing the UMGF.
  • When held as an independent award, it will be the above amount plus the value of a UMGF for a student enrolled in a master's program.

The award will be tenable for one year and will not be renewed. The number of fellowships awarded in any one year will depend on the amount of funds available. No award shall be made in any given year if, in the opinion of the selection committee, none of the candidates is sufficiently meritorious. Transcripts of recipients will include the designation "Mary Catherine Cartwright Fellow".

How to apply

Candidates must submit a sample of their recent philosophical writing along with their application to the Department of Philosophy Graduate Program Assistant. Applications forms can be obtained from the Department of Philosophy.

Fellowship recipients proposing to enter the master's program as full-time students in September will normally be notified of the award not later than the first week of May.

Benefactor

These fellowships stem from the proceeds of a bequest from Mary Catherine Cartwright [BA/26], a keen student of philosophy who later became a teacher and education administrator.

James B. Hartman Graduate Scholarship in Philosophy

This scholarship is awarded to master's students in the Department of Philosophy who:

  • are enrolled full-time in the first or second year of the MA in Philosophy or full-time for part-time in the pre-Master's in Philosophy.
  • has achieved a grade point average of not less than 3.50 based on the last 60 credit hours of study.

Fellowship value
The minimum value of each award will be $1,000. The selection committee with determine the number and value of awards offered each year.

How to apply
Contact the Department of Philosophy Graduate Assistant for deadlines and application instructions.

Benefactor
This scholarship stems from the proceeds of a bequest from Dr. James B. Hartman.

Philosophy graduate bursaries

Bursaries are awarded to students who are enrolled full time in the master's or pre-master's program in philosophy.

To be eligible, a student:

  • must have achieved a sessional grade point average of not less than 3.00 in the term or session preceding the awarding of the bursary.
  • must demonstrate financial need.

These bursaries are from the proceeds of a bequest from Mary Catherine Cartwright [BA/26] and may not be awarded each year.

The amount of the bursary shall not exceed $16,000 in any one academic year. 

How to apply

Complete the UM General Bursary application.

Philosophy graduate scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students who are enrolled full time in the master's or pre-master's program in philosophy.

To be eligible, a student:

  • must have achieved a sessional grade point average of at least 3.00 in the academic session preceding the session in which the scholarship is awarded.

These scholarships are from the proceeds of a bequest from Mary Catherine Cartwright [BA/26] and may not be awarded each year.

The number and value of scholarships will be determined each year by the selection committee on the basis of the available funds and the number of eligible students. The value of any one individual scholarship may not exceed $14,000 for one academic year.

How to apply

Contact the Department of Philosophy Graduate Assistant for deadlines and application instructions.

Research

Community and outreach

  • Glassen High School Ethics Essay Competition

    Each year, UM’s Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics and the Department of Philosophy sponsor the Glassen High School Ethics Essay Competition. The writer of the winning essay receives a $1,000 award.

    The contest is open to all Grade 11 and Grade 12 students in Manitoba. More than 100 students from across the province have submitted essays in previous years.

    Learn more about the Glassen High School Ethics Essay Competition

Events

Philosophical Fridays

This guest lecture series features several speakers each term discussing a wide range of current topics in the study of philosophy.

Please check back for future events.

Contact us

Department of Philosophy
Room 450 University College
220 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M8 Canada

204-474-6878