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Graduate Programs

The Department of Philosophy at McMaster University is a vibrant, research-oriented department offering both M.A. and Ph.D. programs. We embrace a variety of approaches to philosophical study and consider the breadth of expertise of our 12 tenured and tenure-track faculty to be one of the advantages of our degree programs. Our research and teaching strengths include both continental and analytic perspectives, legal and political philosophy and ethics as well as epistemology and metaphysics, argumentation, and strength in the history of philosophy from ancient through modern to twentieth century thought.

M.A. Program

McMaster offers a stand-alone two year M.A. Program. The mix of graduate courses and thesis research and writing is designed to prepare students for more advanced philosophical studies or for a professional career outside academia. Click on the links to the left for more information about our program.

Ph.D. Program

McMaster’s Doctoral Program in Philosophy offers courses of study leading to the degree of Ph.D. in philosophy. In 2008 McMaster received approval for its own stand-alone program, to which all students admitted to do the Ph.D. at McMaster since 2006 automatically belong. The program’s fundamental aims are to develop in students the research capabilities required of professional philosophers and to qualify students to teach philosophy at university level. Since the most important qualification for a university position is competence in advanced research, the program makes research the main feature of a student’s individual course of study. Coursework is complementary to research rather than a qualification for it. The program has been designed so that students may quickly enter into the excitement of their own research while steadily building a solid foundation of comprehensive knowledge. Full accounts of the McMaster program regulations, current courses, student and faculty research, and information on funding and applying may be accessed from the links on the left.

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