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Department of Philosophy


University Catalogue


Graduate Chair: Rob Hudson

Graduate Secretary: Nadine Penner

Phone: (306) 966-5797

Department of Philosophy
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK Canada
S7N 5A5

The critical thinking skills I have gained with my Philosophy degree have been beneficial in both career and life situations. Professors focus on engaging arguments and developing ideas through discussion. The subject matter of philosophy is diverse. Anyone can benefit from a course in Philosophy.

Kristin Rodier
B.A. (Hons.) (2005) U of S
M.A. Philosophy (2007) U of S
Ms Rodier is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta.


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, 18th- and 19th-century philosophy, 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 biotechnology and indigenous studies (especially Aboriginal justice) 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 biotechnology or indigenous studies.


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.


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.


The skills gained by students in Philosophy are useful in all fields especially those that are global, such as law. Some students go on to seek academic employment as Philosophy professors in universities, while many pursue professions or careers outside the university, including journalism, law, and employment in the public service or private industry. Many students have gone on to successful careers in business, and some businesses specifically seek out students with philosophical training.


For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

M.A. +

Thesis and Course-based options available.


  • A four-year Bachelor’s degree (honours) in Philosophy (or equivalent) from a recognized college or university
  • Minimum scholastic standing of 70% Cumulative Weighted Average in last two years of full-time study
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the College of Graduate Studies and Research.