[Department of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan, 100 Years]

Graduate Programs


M.A. Program Requirements


The Department of Philosophy offers a graduate program which leads to the Master of Arts degree. Admission to the program requires an honours degree in Philosophy or its equivalent. Students with particularly strong academic credentials who do not meet this requirement may be admitted with probationary status.

Students may earn the degree either by pursuing an MA-with-thesis option or an MA-by-coursework option.  For the MA-with-thesis option, students must complete 15 credit units of coursework, attend our noncredit Graduate Seminar (PHIL 990), complete the Graduate College’s short online noncredit course on Ethics and Integrity (GSR 960), and prepare a suitable thesis (PHIL 994). For the MA-by-coursework option, students must complete 30 credit units of coursework, and also attend PHIL 990 and complete GSR 960.

Residency for the MA degree is one year, although two years is the normal completion time. All students must register for PHIL 990 during their period of residency and for GSR 960 upon commencing the program. Students pursuing the MA-with-thesis option normally do their coursework in the first year and complete their thesis in the second year; students pursuing the MA-by-coursework option normally do half their coursework in the first year and half their coursework in the second year. The MA-by-coursework option may also be pursued on a part-time basis

 


Normal Pattern for Initial Registration: Thesis-based Option


(scroll down for Course-based Option)

Fall Term: Sept – Dec

  • Two or three PHIL 8xx.3
  • PHIL 990
  • PHIL 994
  • GSR 960

Winter Term: Jan – Apr

  • Two or three PHIL 8xx.3
  • PHIL 990
  • PHIL 994

Spring Term: May – Jun

  • PHIL 994

Summer Term: Jul – Aug

  • PHIL 994

Normal Pattern for Initial Registration: Course-based Option

Fall Term: Sept – Dec

  • Two or three PHIL 8xx.3
  • PHIL 990
  • GSR 960

Winter Term: Jan – Apr

  • Two or three PHIL 8xx.3
  • PHIL 990

Spring Term: May – Jun

  • MSTA 000 (Maintenance of Status) or an 8xx.3, if available

Summer Term: Jul – Aug

  • MSTA 000 or an 8xx.3 if available

 

Expected thesis length

In accordance with a common international guideline for MA theses, the body of the thesis should consist of approximately 70 so-called standard pages (where a standard page is defined as consisting of 1800 characters including spaces) or 126,000 characters including spaces. Annotations and bibliographies are not included in the count, but an appendix might be, depending on the nature of the appendix (e.g., if it is written like a thesis chapter, but doesn't fit naturally into the body of the thesis).

Not withstanding these remarks, a longer or shorter thesis might still be acceptable, depending on the nature of the thesis. For example, a thesis that is problem-oriented in that it simply formulates a problem and proceeds analytically towards a solution might be shorter, whereas a thesis that requires a substantial amount of exegesis, exposition, and quotation might accordingly be longer.

 

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