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Simon Fraser University

Academic Year: 
2014 - 2015

Department Name

Philosophy

Department Chair

Dr. Evan Tiffany,
Department Chair

Degrees Offered

Terminal Masters

Areas of Specialization Offered

Meta-Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Science Logic and Mathematics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Early Modern Philosophy (17th & 18th Century)

Financial Aid

Teaching Fellowships:
0
Non-Teaching Fellowships:
6
Teaching Assistantships:
25
Scholarships:
3
Students teaching their own classes:
0
Other Financial Information:
Every MA student in the SFU program is fully funded for 2 years (or 6 trimesters—see below) of the program by a combination of TA-ships, scholarships, or RA-ships. Students who require longer to finish the MA degree, for personal or academic reasons, invariably receive additional funding. Each year, 6-8 Graduate Fellowships are awarded, to both entering and continuing students, as well as 2-3 Research Assistants. In addition, 2 Canadian students per year receive SSHRC scholarships from the Canadian Government ($17,000). Note that SFU has a trimester system, with three terms of equal length per year. Graduate students are registered and funded in all three semesters. International students are thus supported throughout the year.

Faculty


Members

Martin Hahn, Associate Professor
Samuel Black, Associate Professor
Evan Tiffany, Associate Professor
Philip Hanson, Associate Professor
Holly Andersen, Associate Professor
Endre Begby, Assistant Professor
Owen Ware, Assistant Professor
Nicolas Fillion, Assistant Professor
Ray Jennings, Professor
Lisa Shapiro, Professor (Currently Assoc. Dean)
Kathleen Akins, Professor
Dai Heide, Lecturer (Tenured)
Jill McIntosh, Senior Lecturer (Tenured)

Demographics

Ph.D.


Program Strengths

We are currently not accepting applications into the PhD program.

Student Demographics

Degrees Awarded

Ph.D. Tuition (US$ in FTEs)

In State: 
$0
Out of State: 
$0

Ph.D. Program Entry Requirements

Transcripts: 
No
Writing Sample: 
No
Minimum GPA Required?: 
No
GRE Required?: 
No
TOEFL Required?: 
No
Other Requirements: 

Master's


Program Strengths

Our program has several features designed to strengthen future PhD's. (1) A mandatory 1st year professional seminar on 20th century 'seminal works'; (2) Our course work breadth requirements take into account undergraduate coursework, so that each student emerges with roughly the same breadth and depth of education. Each student must have a minimum 2 upper level undergraduate courses in each of the four areas, plus 1 graduate course in each area, plus a logic requirement. Students who do not meet the undergrad requirements must make this up through graduate courses; (3) The capstone project is a 'professional paper' suitable for submission to grad programs, which must be 'publishable' (if not in the best journals) and must be presented tovthe department. (4) $1300 of travel money for students whose papers are accepted at conferences. (5) Two year completion time with all 6 trimesters funded.(5) Small incoming cohort of students (8-10) with very similar goals.

Student Demographics

Master's Tuition (US$ in FTEs)

In State: 
$1,763
Out of State: 
$0
Number of Required Courses: 
6
Additional Information: 
TUITION FEES: The tuition fees shown are for a single trimester and in Canadian dollars. All graduate students, independent of citizenship or home province pay the same fees and are fully funded by the department. Students must be registered for 6 continuous trimesters barring unforeseen circumstances. Thereafter, the fee for a continuing student is $881 Canadian dollars. BACKGROUND REQUIREMENTS. Of the 6 required courses, 5 must be graduate seminars; students are allowed to count 1 undergraduate course towards their degree requirements. All students must take one graduate level seminar in each of three areas, value theory, history, plus metaphysics and epistemology. An intermediate level logic course or an equivalence test is also required. Incoming students will each be assessed for philosophical background. We require 2 undergraduate courses in each of the 3 areas above by the end of the MA degree. Therefore, students who lack this background must either take undergraduate courses during their MA or by taking either graduate courses in the relevant fields (as part of the 6 course requirement).

Master's Program Entry Requirements

Transcripts Required?: 
Yes
Writing SampleRequired?: 
Yes
GPA: 
3.50
Letters of Recommendation: 
3
GRE Required?: 
No
GPA Required?: 
Yes
TOEFL Required?: 
Yes
TOEFL Online Score: 
93.00
TOEFL Paper Score: 
5.00
Other Requirements: 
Statement of Purpose. We are willing to consider applications from students who did not major in philosophy or whose transcripts are "unusual" — e.g. showed a sudden leap in achievement in the last 2 years. We regard our program as providing an excellent background education for students who will be applying to philosophy PhD programs.

Types of Master's

Terminal Master's: 
Yes
Non-Terminal Master's: 
No

Placement


Summary of Ph.D. Students, 2011 - 2015

Summary of Master's Students, 2011 - 2015