Graduate Program

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Manitoba is a top-ranked philosophy program in Canada. We offer expertise in a broad range of knowledge ranging from logic, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, to aesthetics.

Applications

Applications to the Masters of Arts program must be completed through the admissions portal at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Please review the application requirements and further information.

Master's Program

There are three different options (thesis, research papers, coursework) a student can take to complete a Masters of Arts in Philosophy.  All three options include a logic requirement, which can be fulfilled in one of two ways being:
1) By completing course PHIL 2430 Modern Logic and the Philosophy of Logic*, or an equivalent course, with a grade of B+ or better; or
2) By passing a logic competency examination, which normally will be scheduled in December, March, or August.
*Please note that PHIL 2430 Modern Logic and the Philosophy of Logic is no longer offered. 

Pre-master's Program

The pre-master's program is designed to bring the student's standing to the approximate level of an Honours graduate (54 credits of philosophy courses).


Resources

Regulations:  The Masters of Arts in Philosophy is govern by a set of regulations and supplementary regulations.

Required Courses:  There are two courses that every Masters student needs to take regardless of which option (thesis, research papers, or coursework) they take.  GRAD 7300 Research Integrity needs to be completted in the first year of the program.  GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity needs to be taken in the first term of the program.

Advisor Student Guidelines:  The Advisor Student Guidelines (ASG) is to assist advisors/co-advisors and students in establishing mutually acceptable guidelines for their working relationship.  The ASG is required for all students in thesis and practicum routes.  It is to be completed prior to the commencement of any research and no later than the submission of the student's first Progress Report.

Progress Reports:  Progress reports are requried to be filled out yearly (by June 1) but can be conducted more than once in a year if necessary.  Progress reports are designed to help graduate students stay on track for their programs.  Failure to complete progress reports will result in a registration hold being placed on a student's account.

Thesis:  The Faculty of Graduate Studies has a variety of website pages that provides information on how to complete a thesis as well as suggested deadlines for the process.  

Program Forms:  There exists a variety of program forms that may be useful during a student's program ranging from appointment of examiners, progress reports, extension of time to complete program of student, to leave of absences forms. 

Graduate Tuition and Fees:  Cost associated with the program can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies graduate tuition and fees page.

Health Information:  A variety of health information can be found on the University of Manitoba's Student Counselling Centre website.


Awards and Scholarships

The Department of Philosophy has a variety of awards and scholarships that students can be considered for.  This includes the:

Mary Catherine Cartwright Fellowship in Philosophy

Mary Catherine Cartwright (Arts '26) was a keen student of philosophy who went on to have a career as a teacher and educational administrator in Toronto. At her death she left a bequest to the University of Manitoba "for the use and benefit of the Department of Philosophy as distinct from the Department of Psychology". The Mary Catherine Cartwright Fellowships for Master's students in philosophy are made possible by this generous bequest.

The number of Mary Catherine Cartwright Fellowships awarded in any one year will depend upon the amount of funds available. No award shall be made in any given year if, in the opinion of the selection committee, none of the candidates is sufficiently meritorious. The transcripts of the recipients shall include the designation "Mary Catherine Cartwright Fellow".

The value of each fellowship, when held in conjunction with a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship, shall be not less than $4,000, nor more than the maximum amount permitted by the regulations governing the UMGF. (In 1999-2000 the value of each Cartwright Fellowship would therefore range between $4,000 and $10,000, and the total award to each successful applicant would range between $14,000 and $20,000.) The value of the fellowship, when held as an independent award, shall be the above amount plus the value of a UMGF for a student enrolled in a Master's program. (In 1999-2000, this would come to a total of not less than $14,000 nor more than $20,000.)

At the time of taking up the award, a recipient must be entering the Master of Arts program in philosophy. The recipients, and the amount to be awarded to each, shall be determined by the M.A. Committee of the Department of Philosophy. The award will be tenable for one year and will not be renewed. The recipient of a Cartwright Fellowship must have a grade point average of not less than 3.60 over a base period defined as follows: the results of at least one full year of study consisting of not less than 24 credit hours prior to the academic year during which the award is applied for, plus whatever results are available for the first term of the academic year during which the award is applied for.

To be assured of being considered for a Cartwright Fellowship in any given year, a candidate must have applied for admission to the Master's program in philosophy, and/or for a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship tenable in the Department of Philosophy, not later than January 31 of that year.

Candidates for the Cartwright Fellowships must submit a sample of their recent philosophical writing along with their application to the Department. Fellowship winners proposing to enter the Master's program as full-time students in September will normally be notified of the award not later than the first week of May.

(Approved by M.A. Program Committee of the Department of Philosophy, February 9, 1999.) 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports research and training in the humanities and social sciences.  There usually are information sessions presented by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  They are typically held in September (for interest in PhD programs) and October for Masters programs.  The application deadline is December 1.  Further advice on how to apply can be found on the Office of Research Services website page.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)

The UMGF is valued for a 12-month period at $14,000.  Please note that the GPA minimum to be considered is 3.75 and students are strongly encouraged to apply for a SSHRC if they want to be considered for a UMGF.  There isn’t an application process.  Everyone that qualifies is considered.  The Department usually submits a candidate list to the Faculty of Arts for review in January.  Competition for the UMGF is very competitive and the Department of Philosophy doesn’t always get awarded an UMGF. 

International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES)

The International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (IGSES) provides funds only at the time of entry into a graduate program.  Allocation of funds are based on entrance grade point average being greater than 3.5 in the previous two years of study.  If eligible, students are assessed automatically during the admissions process (When a recommended and complete application is received by the Faculty of Graduate Studies). 

Department of Philosophy Graduate Bursaries

The M.A. Committee of the Department of Philosophy may from time to time award bursaries, from the proceeds of the Mary Catherine Cartwright bequest, to deserving students who are enrolled as full-time students in the Master of Arts program or the Pre-Master's program in philosophy.

To be eligible, a student must have achieved a sessional grade point average of not less than 3.00 in the term or session preceding the awarding of the bursary.

Financial need will also be taken into consideration. The amount of the bursary shall not exceed $16,000 in any one academic year.

Department of Philosophy Graduate Scholarships

From the available annual income generated by the Mary Catherine Cartwright fund at the University of Manitoba, the Department of Philosophy will, from time to time, award scholarships to students who:

(1) are enrolled as full-time graduate students in the Master of Arts program or the Pre-Master's program in the Department of Philosophy;

(2) have achieved a sessional grade point average of at least 3.0 in the academic session preceding the session in which the scholarship is awarded.

The number and value of the Department of Philosophy Graduate Scholarships will be determined each year by the selection committee on the basis of the available funds and the number of eligible students. The value of any one individual scholarship may never exceed $14,000 for one academic year. The selection committee shall be the M.A. Committee of the Department of Philosophy.

University of Manitoba Bursary Information

Every year, the University of Manitoba offers a wide-range of bursaries to both new and continuing full-time and part-time students who have demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic standing.

Awards Database

There are many lesser know awards that can be found in the awards database
I would suggest selecting:

Faculty:  Faculty of Graduate Studies
Type:  Bursary
Level:  Graduate

That should give you a list of awards that you might be eligible for. 


Resources

Regulations:  The Masters of Arts in Philosophy is govern by a set of regulations and supplementary regulations.

Required Courses:  There are two courses that every Masters student needs to take regardless of which option (thesis, research papers, or coursework) they take.  GRAD 7300 Research Integrity needs to be completted in the first year of the program.  GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity needs to be taken in the first term of the program.

Advisor Student Guidelines:  The Advisor Student Guidelines (ASG) is to assist advisors/co-advisors and students in establishing mutually acceptable guidelines for their working relationship.  The ASG is required for all students in thesis and practicum routes.  It is to be completed prior to the commencement of any research and no later than the submission of the student's first Progress Report.

Progress Reports:  Progress reports are requried to be filled out yearly (by June 1) but can be conducted more than once in a year if necessary.  Progress reports are designed to help graduate students stay on track for their programs.  Failure to complete progress reports will result in a registration hold being placed on a student's account.

Thesis:  The Faculty of Graduate Studies has a variety of website pages that provides information on how to complete a thesis as well as suggested deadlines for the process.  

Program Forms:  There exists a variety of program forms that may be useful during a student's program ranging from appointment of examiners, progress reports, extension of time to complete program of student, to leave of absences forms. 

Graduate Tuition and Fees:  Cost associated with the program can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies graduate tuition and fees page.

Health Information:  A variety of health information can be found on the University of Manitoba's Student Counselling Centre website.