What will I learn?

The Department of Philosophy offers MA (with or without thesis) and PhD programs in Philosophy. The programs are offered in English and French. According to the University's policy, students may pursue their studies in the official language of their choice.

The Department participates in the collaborative programs in Women’s Studies (at the MA level), in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (at the MA level) and in Canadian Studies (at the PhD level).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$25,471.80 (US$ 19,836) per year
CAN $8,490.60 per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022


University of Ottawa

75 Laurier Avenue East,


Ontario (ON),

K1N 6N5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hold an honours bachelor’s degree (4 years) with an average of 70%, or B (calculated using your last 20 courses). TOEFL (paper-based) 550, TOEFL (Internet-based) 79, IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual skills 5.0.

For international students

To be admitted to the MA program a candidate must have an honours BA in Philosophy (or the equivalent) with a minimum "B" average. The Department reserves the right to impose a preliminary examination.

TOEFL 580 / IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual 6.0 (Paper-based)
TOEFL 92-93/IELTS 6.5 overall – Individual 6.0 (Internet-based)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Ottawa

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