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Philosophy (MA)


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January 2024

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First Year Course Fee

USD 12,418

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  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree

This is a Research based Program.

The MA in Philosophy at the University of Windsor focuses on studies in social and political critique, broadly construed, and in reasoning and argumentation.

Our program prepares students for further scholarly pursuits such as doctoral studies in philosophy or law school, and for careers in public service, public relations, policy analysis, education, or research.

  • It provides resources for a deeply engaged intellectual, professional, and civic life.
  • Our low teacher-student ratio ensures close interaction and promotes collegiality.
  • The majority of the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric’s (CRRAR’s) current members are philosophers.
  • The University of Windsor’s Philosophy department is recognized worldwide as the centre of research in informal logic and argumentation. See
  • Students can expand their formal philosophical education by participating in the department’s lively in-house speakers series, as well as the external speaker series, and the student-organized Philosophy Club.

There are two main avenues to the MA degree:
a) Coursework stream

b) Major paper stream Faculty Research Interests

  • Argumentation theory
  • Contemporary European Philosophy
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Informal Logic
  • Indigenous Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Rhetoric
  • Social & Political Philosophy

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2024
  • May 2024
  • September 2024

Program Specific Admission Requirements

  • Deadline for Fall: July 1
  • Deadline for Winter: November 1
  • Deadline for Summer: -
  • 4 Year honours degree in a related field
  • Minimum GPA: 73% (coursework stream); 80% (major paper stream)
  • Minimum TOEFL: IBT-100
  • Minimum IELTS: 7.0
  • Minimum Pearson: 68

Additional Requirements

  • A Statement of Research Interest/Study Plan (under 500 words)
  • A sample of philosophical writing
  • Two letters of reference


  • PHIL-8200. Topics in Ethics and Value Theory
  • PHIL-8210. Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL-8220. Topics in Environmental Philosophy
  • PHIL-8260. Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL-8300. Topics in Gender and Sexuality
  • PHIL-8500. Topics in Mind or Knowledge
  • PHIL-8600. Movements and Figures in Argumentation Theory and Informal Logic
  • PHIL-8610. Problems in Argumentation and Informal Logic
  • PHIL-8700. Recent German Philosophy
  • PHIL-8710. Recent French Philosophy
  • PHIL-8720. Analytic Philosophy
  • PHIL-8730. Pragmatist Philosophy
  • PHIL-8770. Topics in Continental Philosophy
  • PHIL-8800. to PHIL-8840. Special Topics

The following course must be taken by all MA students:

  • PHIL-8900. Departmental Seminar: The History of Philosophy in Perspective


  • PHIL-8960. Major Paper
  • PHIL-8970. Thesis
  • Program Type: Graduate
  • Major or Degree: Master of Arts
  • Course Load: Full Time
  • Fee Category: Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Term: Fall
  • Residence: Alumni Hall - Single in a 2 Bedroom Suite
  • Meal Plan: Full Meal Plan - moderate off campus flexibility.
  • Estimated Total $ 10749.36
  • Base Tuition $ 2393.10 Assessed each term


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