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What will I learn?

The Graduate Program in Philosophy offers rigorous training for MA students in preparation for admission to PhD programs, and supports PhD students in developing a professional research profile. Our program specializes in a number of research areas, including: (i) ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of law; (ii) philosophy of cognitive science, mind, and language; (iii) history of 19th and 20th century philosophy; and (iv) philosophy of science and epistemology.

Our program teaches both traditional and interdisciplinary methods, including empirical, conceptual, and applied approaches. Faculty in the graduate program also engage in ongoing discourse with researchers in other disciplines, including law, psychology, neuroscience, and healthcare. Students may complement their training with graduate diplomas, including the Diploma in Value Theory and Applied Ethics and the Neuroscience Graduate Diploma.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Study options

Full Time (15 terms)

Tuition fees
CAD$18,821.00 (US$ 13,856) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected January 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023


Faculty of Graduate Studies

230 York Lanes, 80 York Boulevard,

York University, 4700 Keele Street,


Ontario (ON),

M3J 1P3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to a doctoral program, applicants must, at a minimum, hold an acceptable master’s degree with at least a B standing. English language requirements: Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) – 100; IELTS (Academic Module) - 7.5.

For international students

Graduates with a Master's Degree in Philosophy, while B+ is the minimum GPA average to be eligible for admission to the program, successful applicants normally have a GPA of at least an A-.


Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based) - 600

Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) - 100

IELTS (Academic Module) - 7.5

YUELI - Academic Program Level 9 with Distinction

YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) - Graduate with distinction

CAEL - Overall score of 70, no component score less than 60

Minimum CPE Score - C

Minimum CAE Score - B

Duolingo -125
PTE Academic -76

The application deadline is Jan 15


About York University

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  • Vibrant, diverse international community of students
  • Excellent student support services
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