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Philosophy (MA)

Part of the Faculty of Arts

Philosophy students in the department of philosophy meeting room

Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Arts

Ryerson’s Department of Philosophy is a rising centre of excellence in the North American philosophical community. This innovative and intensive program contributes to the thriving research culture in Canada’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Focused on core areas of philosophy, the program enables students to augment their undergraduate experience and pursue doctoral studies.

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A series of Philosophy books

At a Glance


  • Completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree in philosophy or a related program
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in the last two years
  • Two letters of academic recommendation
  • 10- to 15-page writing sample
  • Statement of interest
  • Transcripts

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  • 19th-Century Philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Canadian Philosophy
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  • Existentialism
  • Metaphysics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of the Environment
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Experience with diverse philosophical approaches: faculty have a record of excellence in teaching and research in both the analytic and continental traditions of philosophy.
  • Solid preparation for PhD study in philosophy: students have been accepted to PhD programs at Oxford, the University of Toronto, Western, McGill, King’s College (London), Duquesne, UCLA and other schools.
  • Engagement with prominent figures in contemporary philosophy: each semester, the department hosts philosophers from across Canada, Britain and the United States, who lecture and engage with students in small seminars.
  • Opportunities to develop teaching skills through a combination of classroom experiences, teaching and research assistantships.

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Jo Kornegay
Graduate Program Director
Research areas: normative ethics, especially ancient and contemporary virtue ethics
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6161

Malu Maia
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2711
Fax: 416-979-5153

“Ryerson’s professors and student community have fostered my growth as both a student and professional. The summer area readings gave me the fulfilling opportunity to work closely with a professor in my area of research and served as the foundation for my major research project.”

Dwayne Ford, MA student
Madeline Lay presenting at the fall convocation , external link

Student Profile, external link

The strong faculty community encouraged Madelaine Ley (philosophy MA alumna) to pursue innovative, cross-disciplinary research in bioethics, to make positive change in the world.

student working at a desk

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.