[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.

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. Students must register for GSR 960 upon commencement of their program and for PHIL 990 each fall or winter term they are enrolled. 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

For students in a thesis based MA degree program, the student’s advisory committee is a key component. 

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Last updated: 24-06-2015

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