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
Dwayne Moore
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


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.


Thesis or project based program

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

Course based program

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 upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

If you are applying for start dates prior to Fall 2017 (Winter 2017 or Spring/Summer 2017) you will not be able to upload documents to your application. Please e-mail any unoffical copies of required documents to the graduate administrator listed below.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript should be a copy of a transcript issued by the university or college.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate Studies and Research
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • The English-language proficiency test must be taken within the last two years of receipt of your application.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate Studies and Research
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • 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)


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

Graduate Chair
Rob Hudson

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner