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Ph.D. Program Application

All the information and forms a prospective student needs to complete an application to the Ph.D. program is available here.

For more information please email our PhD Advisor.

Graduate Application: If you encounter any difficulties with your application, please contact us directly (philadm@mcmaster.ca) or at 905-525-9140 x24275.

Deadline: To receive full consideration for all scholarship funding opportunities, you are advised to apply by February 15th, 2017.

A complete application consists of all following documents:

1. Your application. How to Apply

2. Two Confidential Letters of Recommendation from instructors most familiar with your academic work must be submitted. (These can be found on McMaster University Graduate Studies Online Application – the online application system.)

3. Research Statement (Statement of Interest) A brief statement (1-2 pages) of your research proposal to be uploaded to the online application system. Candidates will be accepted only when competent supervision is available.

4. Sample of Work  Please submit a single representative sample of your philosophical writing in English to the online application system.  This can be a paper, or a chapter of a book or thesis, in either its’ original or revised form. Please bear in mind that a sample illustrating philosophical argumentation is much more useful than one that is simply expository. The quality of the sample is an important factor in admission decisions, especially regarding the applicant’s capacity for critical philosophical enquiry, as well as the ability to write clear and effective prose. Applicants should select or revise their sample with these criteria in mind. The sample must not exceed 7000 words. A longer sample may render your application ineligible for consideration. Your identity should appear on the cover page only.

5. One original transcript for each university attended in which you have studied; including both undergraduate and graduate degrees and course work. Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by a certified literal translation. All Transcripts must be uploaded directly to the online application system.  If your application is accepted for admission to the program, you will be required to submit originals transcripts to:

The Department of Philosophy
McMaster University
University Hall, Room 310
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8S 4K1

6. Additional Information Please submit a list of any research, publications, academic awards, teaching, or work experience in, or relevant to, philosophy. Also, applicants are urged to declare any disabilities and provide details concerning accommodation given by their previous educational institutions, at the time of application. Such declaration is encouraged particularly in cases where it is felt that the disability may have affected past academic performance, and/or where accommodation may be required in order for the student to be successful in his/her graduate program. Please send to our department.

7. TOEFL Results If English is not your native language, you are required to submit evidence of proficiency in English. Evidence of competency in English is a minimum score of the following:

TOEFL: minimum score of 92 (internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based)

IELTS(Academic): minimum overall score of 7, with at least 6.5 in each section.

Please send original results to:

The Department of Philosophy
McMaster University
University Hall, Room 310
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8S 4K1

Application Fee

Applications must be accompanied by the required $100 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid in Canadian dollars by means of a credit card payment or a cheque (or world money order) drawn on a Canadian bank made payable to McMaster University. Cheques (or world money order) drawn on Canadian banks should also include a $15 processing fee, for a total of $115. Cheques with insufficient funds (NSF) will result in an additional $55 fee owing.

If you pay the application fee by cheque or world money order, please send the cheque (or world money order) to the following address:

School of Graduate Studies
McMaster University
Gilmour Hall, Room 212
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8S 4L8

Your application will not be considered for admission until your application fee has been received.

International Applicants

International Applicants should be aware of the cost of tuition, supplemental fees, and living expenses for the Hamilton area. Details can be found here.