The Department's general admission requirements are outlined in the University Calendar.  The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research sets common standards for GPA and English language competency across all graduate programs. 


Formal application is made through the University of Alberta's online application system.  Please note that a formal application comes with an on-line fee of CAD$100.

Deadline for complete application is January 15 (for the coming year).

Application documents are to be uploaded into the online application system (that includes reference letters) - no hard copies of documents need to be mailed to the department.

The required application documents are: 

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) 
  • Official copies of your transcripts from all previous post-secondary schooling showing marks obtained (submitted in the original language, accompanied by a certified English translation)
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Statement of interest -the statement of interest can take many forms, but usually describes the research questions and issues that particularly interest the applicant (and why), and perhaps explains why the applicant would like to pursue a philosophy degree at the University of Alberta. Applicants do not need to have identified either a thesis project or a supervisor before admission.
  • Writing sample - should be a piece of academic work, preferably in philosophy, and should not be more than 30 pages.
  • TOEFL/MELAB, IELTS or PTE scores when required

You will be able to check the progress of your application by returning to the on-line system, which will provide a list of outstanding documents and those received. 

All applicants that are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents are urged to apply for SSHRC scholarships. Applicants for the MA SSHRC scholarships must apply directly to SSHRC by December 1. Please specify that the University of Alberta is one of your proposed host institutions during the application process.  Submit your online graduate application by January 1 and please notify the department that you have applied to SSHRC.  

If you have any questions or concerns about applying please email