Master's in Philosophy

Program Description

The Windsor M.A. program is small and offers the benefit of frequent and close contact with professors and fellow students. Our aim is to give our students solid individualized M.A. instruction--whether their intention is to continue elsewhere for a Ph.D. or to spend a year or two deepening their understanding of philosophy.

We have three avenues to the M.A. degree:

  1. the coursework stream: eight graduate courses; 
  2. the major paper stream: six graduate courses plus a major paper (with permission);
  3. the thesis stream: four graduate courses plus a thesis (with permission).

The default option is the coursework stream. Students who wish to switch to the major paper or thesis streams must complete at least 4 graduate courses (including the departmental seminar) with a minimum GPA of 80%, pass the Master`s examination, prepare a major paper or thesis proposal (300-500 words plus bibliography), and secure the sponsorship of an academic supervisor. A major paper is approximately 40-50 pages plus bibliography. A thesis is typically 80-100 pages plus bibliography.  

All students must take the departmental seminar and pass a Master's examination which is based on it. Students who fail the departmental seminar cannot sit the Master’s examination and must re-take the departmental seminar the following year. We offer six graduate courses per year (in addition to the departmental seminar). Course offerings at the graduate level reflect the research interests of our faculty: Argumentation Theory, Informal Logic, and Rhetoric; Continental Philosophy and Critical Theory; Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Science; Feminist Philosophy and Social and Political Philosophy. Up to two courses may be taken from outside of Philosophy, but this option is available only for students in the major paper or course-based streams. Students may take one philosophy course at another Ontario university within the Ontario Graduate Visiting Student Program.

The program can be completed in three semesters or one calendar year. Most of our students satisfy the requirements of the program in four semesters or two academic years. Students who cannot complete the program within three years are asked to withdraw from the program.