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Philosophy (MA)

Course Description

Program Overview

The Philosophy Graduate Program offers courses of instruction leading to both the M.A. and Ph.D. in most major areas of the discipline, including epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, political and social philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of mathematics, and history of philosophy.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Philosophy
- Subject: Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Options
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Program Requirements

There are two options for the M.A.:
1. Thesis Option. This option requires 18 credits of coursework (a maximum of 6 credits at the 300- and 400-level, and a minimum of 12 credits at the 500-level or above) and a 12-credit thesis.

2. Non-thesis Option. This option requires 30 credits of coursework. Of these, 6 credits may be at the 300- or 400-level.

Prerequisites for the M.A. program include a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with at least one term course in formal logic and sufficient upper division work in the history of philosophy, ethics and value theory, and metaphysics, epistemology, or the philosophy of science to enable the student to undertake graduate-level work in these areas.

Visit the Philosophy (MA) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Madeleine Ransom

3494.jpg Research Description
Readers of fiction imagine all kinds of improbable claims - that there are talking playing cards and that there is another world down a rabbit hole, for example. However, there are some claims that readers resist imagining. Suppose you are reading a story and come across the following sentence: "In killing her baby, Giselda did the right thing; after all, it was a girl." If you are like most readers, you imagine that Giselda has a baby girl in the story, and that she kills her, but you do not imagine that, in the story, she has done the right thing. The puzzle of imaginative resistance is why this asymmetry exists. Why do readers resist imagining some claims and not others? My research aims to answer this question, while also specifying the scope of the puzzle.

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I enjoy the process of immersing myself completely in a subject and spending lots of time in my head.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC has a great Philosophy department, and Vancouver is a great place to live.

What has been your most memorable Vancouver experience so far?
Hiking in Garibaldi Provincial Park.


International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree or its academic equivalent with a minimum average of 76% (B+) or 3.3 GPA in third and fourth-year level coursework and EITHER: A. honours in philosophy with a 80-84% (A-) or 3.7 GPA in at least 12 credits of third and fourth year philosophy course work, OR B. an A- or 3.7 GPA in at least 12 credits of course work

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $4,615.35, International $8,108.40

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