MA Program

The Department of Philosophy at Memorial University offers an M.A. program, with a strong emphasis on writing in Philosophy.

The programme is designed so that it may be completed in one academic year (three semesters) of full-time study. The programme can also be taken part time, in which case completion is longer.

The candidate must complete 18 credit hours:

  • 3 credit hours from 6000 (Topic T.B.A. each semester)
  • 12 credit hours from 6011-6016
  • 3 credit hours from 6101-6102
  • a thesis


Normally, a full-time candidate will complete all 18 credit hours and submit a thesis proposal by the end of the second semester of study. A minimum of one additional semester will be spent in completing the balance of the programme.


The Philosophy Department encourages Masters student participation in regular discussion groups and colloquia.

The Department organizes a weekly discussion group, the Jockey Club, including faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and interested participants from the St. John’s community. Many participants also come from other disciplines in the university.

Graduate students in the department do much of their working and informal socializing in the graduate lounge. The lounge has computers for word-processing and Internet use and is a central place for student interaction with one another and with faculty.

Graduate students are generally active in the life of the department, participating in colloquia, discussion groups and the frequent departmental mixers organized by the MUN Philosophy Society.

The department also has its own reference room (The Barend Kiefte room) which houses the departmental library. It is a place to study, read, or meet others in the department.

If you cannot find what you are looking for in the reference room, then you should try the university's excellent library and computer resources. The Queen Elizabeth II Library subscribes to more than 85 journals in philosophy.
The book collection (1.6 million) offers excellent support for graduate level study in philosophy, particularly in metaphysics, ethics and a wide range of historical aspects of philosophy. A very good array of reference services supports and extends the resources available in the collection.

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