MA Degree Requirements

The following are guidelines. For detailed, official requirements, please consult the UBC Calendar and the Department of Philosophy’s graduate regulations.

M.A. Requirements (Course Only Option)
  • one year’s residency at UBC
  • ten one-term courses, including eight at or above the 500 level
  • during the first year, six one-term courses including at least two courses per term at the 500 level or above, and at least two courses per term with an average of 76%

Students may transfer to the thesis M.A. (see below) with the permission of the department.

M.A. Requirements (Thesis Option)
  • one year’s residency at UBC
  • six one-term courses, including four at or above the 500 level
  • a thesis prospectus (normally submitted in April for consideration in early May)
  • a thesis of approximately 20,000 words
  • during the first year, six one-term courses including at least two courses per term at the 500 level or above, and at least two courses per term with an average of 76%

Students may transfer to the course only M.A. at any time.