Part of the Faculty of Arts
- Completion of a four-year undergraduate (or equivalent) degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study (3.33/4.33 GPA (B+) strongly recommended)
- Statement of interest
- Two letters of recommendation
- Sample of work
- English language proficiency requirement
More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program.
Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.
See application dates.
- 19th-Century Philosophy
- Ancient Philosophy
- Canadian Philosophy
- Contemporary Continental Philosophy
- Moral Philosophy
- 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.
Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.
Dr. David Ciavatta
Graduate Program Director
BA Hon., PhD
Research areas: Kant and 19th Century Continental Philosophy; Existentialism and Phenomenology; Philosophy of Art
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2698
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2711
“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.”