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A rising centre of excellence in the North American philosophical community, Ryerson’s Department of Philosophy offers a distinctive program leading to a Master of Arts (MA) degree in philosophy. Located in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant downtown, the program contributes to the thriving research culture in Canada’s largest and most cosmopolitan city.

Focused on core areas of philosophy, the program is designed for students who wish to broaden or deepen their undergraduate experience in philosophy and for students planning to pursue a PhD in philosophy. Our innovative 5-term program includes both a Major Research Paper stream and a Thesis stream.

Many of our students choose to continue their philosophical studies at the PhD level, and we have had great success placing our students in outstanding doctoral programs. Our students have been accepted into programs at Oxford, UCLA, McGill, the University of Toronto, Emory, DePaul, Vanderbilt, and many more. To view the entire list, please click on the red "Students & Graduates" tab above.

Students will gain

The program includes courses on the nature of the human self, grounds of our moral and political obligations, value and limits of knowledge, value of aesthetic and religious claims, questions about the ultimate nature of reality and more.

Students will explore both recent and past works from the leading figures in contemporary Analytic and Continental philosophy.

Students will gain broad exposure to the core traditions, eras and topics in philosophy, which will position them to gain entry to, and succeed at, top PhD programs.

The program aims to develop the analytical, communication, organization, study and research skills needed to succeed in the profession and in the general workplace.

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The admissions process for Fall 2021 is now complete. The deadline for applications for Fall 2022 will be sometime in February 2022.

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