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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 28, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Master of Arts in Philosophy

Self, Agency, and Community is one of Canada's newest and most innovative Master of Arts programs in philosophy. We are very excited to be able to offer this program and are confident that it will earn an excellent reputation for preparing students for doctoral work or careers in government or the private sector. What sets our program apart from other master's programs in philosophy is its focus on a particular theme. All of our seminar courses explore various dimensions of the nature of the self, its relation to others and to the world. Despite this thematic approach, students will encounter a broad range of philosophical areas, including metaphysics, epistemology, social and political philosophy and ethics. As well, topics may be approached from "analytic" and "continental" traditions. Another innovative feature of our program is the MA research seminar and the MA conference that will be organized each year. For more information, follow the Research Seminar link under Program Requirements.

Most students will receive funding in the form of two Teaching Assistantships and, if eligible, an internal scholarship. Teaching assistants are responsible for two tutorial sections of 20-25 students each term. Duties will include running tutorials, facilitating discussion with undergraduate students, and grading essays, exams and assignments. Most TAs work in our large introductory courses, Values and Society and Knowledge and Reality, each of which is offered in both the Fall and Winter Terms.

We strongly encourage students who are interested in our program to apply for external funding in the form of Ontario Graduate Scholarships or SSHRC CGS MA scholarships. For more information, follow the Financial Assistance link. It is important to note that the deadline for these scholarships is usually early to mid-November, which is much earlier than the application deadline to most master's programs. Consequently, even if you are not sure that you want to go to graduate school, you should apply. It could mean a big difference to you down the road.

Thank you for your interest in our program. We hope you will think about applying to study with us. If you have any questions please contact either the Departmental Chair, Rebekah Johnston or the Graduate Coordinator, Ashwani Peetush.

Departmental Chair:
Dr. Rebekah Johnston
(519) 884-1970 ext. 2545

Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Ashwani Peetush
(519) 884-1970 ext. 3874