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Philosophy (MA)

Philosophy (MA)


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Explore metaphysical, epistemological, moral and political questions about selves, agency and communities. Our Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy is the only program of its kind in Canada to have a thematic focus that explores questions about the nature of the self, its relation to others, and the nature and significance of human agency.

A Focus on Self and Human Agency

Philosophical questions about the self and human agency cut across traditional core areas of philosophy – so although our program is distinctive in its special thematic focus, your research project can span a broad range of the traditional philosophical fields. 

Our thematic focus on the self and human agency means you can work in diverse fields and from different philosophical perspectives, can productively engage in discussion and learn from others’ work, and will be well prepared for doctoral work in philosophy or for a career in any number of fields outside of philosophy.

Peer Interaction and Our Innovative Research Seminar

The synergy of our themed program is evident in our master’s research seminar, where you’ll share your work during the development of a major research paper. Discussion of your projects and research questions in the early stages enables the rapid development of research skills as you learn from the critique of your work and the work of your peers. Peer interaction and philosophical exchange is the base of our vibrant graduate community.

Program Requirements

Our MA in Philosophy is a full-time program normally completed in 12 months. To qualify for the degree you must successfully complete the following:

  • five approved graduate courses
  • PP688: MA Research Seminar
  • a major research paper

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Contact Us:

Neil Campbell, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.884.0710 x2937

For General Inquiries

T: 519.884.0710 x3459

Info for Current Students

Department of Philosophy


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000). 
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis are entitled to one year of funding totalling, on average, $14,500. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Our faculty are active scholars and have a number of ongoing research projects, including:

  • ancient Greek ethics and rhetoric
  • historical and contemporary constructions of sex, gender and sexuality
  • gay, lesbian and queer politics
  • theories of individual and collective identity
  • feminist theory
  • narrative views of the self
  • personal identity
  • climate ethics


  • A Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree (honours) or equivalent.
  • A minimum B+ average in your final year of undergraduate studies and a B+ cumulative average in all philosophy courses.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of interests, a writing sample and letters of reference.


Our graduates have gone on to work in business, law and academia. Examples of types of jobs held by our graduates include:

  • entrepreneur
  • lawyer
  • diplomat
  • professor
  • writer

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