Incoming students determine course work in consultation with the Graduate Program Director.
Note: Normally, in both master's and doctoral programs, no more than 3 units of Directed Reading can be taken to satisfy the minimum course requirement.
Master of Arts (thesis-based)
a) A minimum of 21 units. Philosophy 603 is a required course and is normally taken in the first year in program. Philosophy 699 is a required course and is normally taken in the second year of the program.
b) In the specializations History and Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Religion, courses taken in History or Religious Studies, respectively, may, with departmental approval, count as fulfilling course requirements for the degree.
c) Students in the specialization in History and Philosophy of Science must demonstrate proficiency in logic, which is normally done by passing an examination set by the department.
Master of Arts (course-based)
a) A minimum of 30 units, including at least 6 units in the History of Philosophy and 6 units in 20th Century or Contemporary Philosophy. Philosophy 603 is a required course and is normally taken in the first year in program.
b) Students to remedy background deficiencies, if any, in a certain area or areas of philosophy by taking course work below the 500-level.
c) Students must complete at least 3 units in each annual registration period.
Doctor of Philosophy
a) Normally, a minimum of 18 units for students with a Master of Arts degree, or a minimum of 36 units for students entering directly from an honours undergraduate program. Philosophy 603 is a required course and is normally taken in the first year in program.
b) All students must show competence in logic. This requirement may be met by passing Philosophy 677 or equivalent. If taken, Philosophy 677 is considered over and above the required number of graduate courses for completion of a degree.
c) In addition to a) and b), students must complete Philosophy 700 after course and candidacy requirements are completed. Philosophy 700 is normally taken in the year after advancing to candidacy.
Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)
The Department of Philosophy will allow students to pursue the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade).
Students may choose the CG grade for a course taken extra to load.
The use of the CG grade will not affect students' eligibility for internal awards.