Program

Applications will be accepted at any time, but in order to maximize one's opportunities for funding, a complete application with all supporting documents should be received by February 1st.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years

The Department of Philosophy offers friendly and supportive environment in which to pursue your M.A. degree. Students enjoy small seminar classes and one-on-one contact with faculty members. Graduates of the program have gone on to PhD work at some of the top programs in North America and Europe. The department also participates in the Interdisciplinary Studies Ph.D. Program, in which philosophical studies of an interdisciplinary nature may be pursued.

The Department of Philosophy offers courses and thesis supervision in most areas of philosophy. Faculty members have research interests which give the department special strengths in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, feminism, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, and aesthetics. Applications are particularly welcome from students interested in pursuing topics in these areas of study.

The department also supports the university’s promotion of research in indigenous studies and welcomes applicants wishing to undertake thesis research that applies the conceptual frameworks and methods of various areas of philosophy to the study of issues pertaining to indigeneity.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Peter AlwardMetaphysics, philosophy of art, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind
Susan DielemanApplied and Professional Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Pragmatism, Social and Political Philosophy
Sarah HoffmanFeminism, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, sexuality
Leslie A. HoweGender, identity, landscape, sexuality, sport
Robert HudsonEpistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science
Maricarmen JenkinsPhilosophy of law, political philosophy, ethics
John LiptayMoral philosophy, Aquinas ethics and the Thomistic philosophical tradition, Bernard Lonergan
Emer O'HaganBuddhist Psychology, Kant, ethics, metaethics, reason
Daniel RegnierAncient philosophy, German idealism, Indian philosophy and comparative philosophy
Carl StillMedieval philosophy and theology, Thomas Aquinas, philosophy of religion
Brian ZamulinskiEthics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of law

Tuition and funding

Funding

Scholarships and teaching assistantships of up to $18,000 per calendar year for the MA are available to qualified applicants on a competitive basis; funding may also be supplemented by additional departmental grading awards.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Students in course based programs pay tuition for each class they take. Every class is assigned a number of credit units (usually three) which determines the cost. If a student is not enrolled in any classes for a term, they will need to register in a 'Maintenance of Status' class that is 3 credits to stay in their program.

P.G.D. students do not need to register in the Maintenance of Status course as long as they take a single class every academic year.

Canadian International
Cost per credit unit $210.10 $315.15
Cost for a three credit unit class $630.30 $945.45
Maintenance of Status course $630.30 $945.45

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Master of Arts

  • A four-year Bachelor’s degree (honours) in Philosophy (or equivalent) from a recognized college or university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (C) Winter Term start - January

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, email the following to nadine.penner@usask.ca:

  • your CV
  • a letter or statement of intent briefly outlining your area(s) of interest and indicating which area or topic you hope to pursue for your thesis research
  • a sample of your written work on some topic in philosophy (an essay or term paper for a philosophy course would be appropriate)
  • a copy of your transcripts while we wait for the official ones to arrive

Contact

Graduate Admissions
Department of Philosophy
9 Campus Drive - Arts Room 515
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Graduate Chair
Rob Hudson
Email: rob.hudson@usask.ca

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner
Email: nadine.penner@usask.ca