Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must comply with all regulations outlined in the UBC Calendar and by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

M.A. Admission 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 typically including the following, with a B+ or 3.3 GPA in each:

  1. 3 credits in formal logic
  2. 6 credits at the upper level in the history of philosophy
  3. 3 credits at the upper level in ethics or value theory
  4. 6 credits at the upper level in metaphysics, epistemology, or philosophy of science.

A degree in philosophy is not required. Please note that these requirements must be met by the time you commence your program in September. You are welcome to apply if you expect to meet the requirements by September.

The minimum requirements for students from outside North America can be looked up on the Faculty of Graduate Studies web site.

Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Admission to the doctoral program in philosophy is based on one of the following:

A) A bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minimum average of 76% or 3.3 GPA in third and fourth-year level coursework and an average of A- or 3.7 GPA in third and fourth-year level philosophy courses. Undergraduate work prerequisite to the Ph.D. program typically includes:

  1. 3 credits in formal logic
  2. 6 credits at the upper level in the history of philosophy
  3. 3 credits at the upper level in ethics or value theory
  4. 6 credits at the upper level in metaphysics, epistemology, or philosophy of science
  5. at least 6 additional credits at the upper level in any of the above or related areas; OR,

B) A master’s degree (or equivalent) in philosophy with clear evidence of research ability, OR

C) A successful first year in a philosophy master’s program, consisting of 18 credits, including 10 credits at the 500-level or above and 10 credits with an A- or 3.7 GPA, and with clear evidence of research ability.

Please note that these requirements must be met by the time you commence your program in September. You are welcome to apply if you expect to meet the requirements by September.

The minimum requirements for students from outside North America can be looked up on the Faculty of Graduate Studies web site.

Deadline

The deadline for September 2018 admission is January 3, 2018. It is recommended that international applicants apply by December 1, 2017 for full consideration in all funding opportunities.

However, applicants are encouraged to send their application material much earlier. We typically start processing applicants’ dossiers before the application deadline.