The Department of Philosophy offers the following programs:

Undergraduate Programs:

  • B.A., (Honours) in Philosophy
  • B.A., Major in Philosophy
  • B.A., Minor in Philosophy
  • B.A., Major in Medieval Studies
  • B.A., Minor in Medieval Studies

Graduate Programs:

  • M.A. in Philosophy
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy

Diplomas administered in the Department of Philosophy:

In addition to its undergraduate programs, the Department of Philosophy offers a 1-year M.A in Philosophy (course work and thesis) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Overview of Graduate Programs

The 1-Year M.A. in Philosophy:

  • One full year of funding (three semesters)
  • Teaching / Research Assistantships available for further funding and experience
  • Two semesters of coursework
  • The thesis is written over the third (summer) semester
  • Solid track-record of placement in Ph.D. programs

The Ph.D Program:

  • Four years of funding at approximately $20,000 per year
  • Teaching / Research Assistantships available for further funding and experience
  • One year of course work
  • Other requirements include the comprehensive examinations, dissertation proposal, second language requirement, and the dissertation
  • Opportunity to teach in our undergraduate programs

All Graduate Programs include:

  • Professional Development and Research Seminar for Graduate Students
  • A focus on graduate writing
  • a Philosophy writing circle
  • Funding for conferences available
  • Biennial Graduate Conference organized by our graduate students
  • Eight full-time faculty members who cover a wide area of expertise
  • Excellent library resources
  • An active and growing graduate student community
  • An active and lively extended philosophical community engaged in weekly discussion groups, colloquia, visiting speaker series, mixers and social events, and more

To apply, follow the instructions at

For particular inquires, contact the Philosophy Department Graduate Officer, Dr. Seamus O'Neill, at

The Department has particular strengths in the history of philosophy, continental philosophy, and political philosophy. Find out more about each of these programs through the links on the left!


Philosophy Department


Department of Philosophy

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000