The M.A. degree requires course work and a thesis. Students with an honours B.A. degree in philosophy or the equivalent are required to complete six courses (two terms of course work). Those with less preparation may be required to take additional courses. Those with only a little background in philosophy may be admitted to a qualifying year of course work (typically eight courses), on the basis of which they may then be considered for the regular M.A. program. After completing their course work, M.A. students typically spend eight months developing a thesis proposal and writing a thesis of 60-80 pages.
All graduate students at the University of Alberta are required to complete eight hours of Graduate Ethics Training. Graduate students that have entered in Fall 2016 (or later) must also complete a Professional Development Requirement, which includes eight hours of professional development activities.