Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.A. Programs requires an honours bachelor’s degree with a strong background in philosophy (e.g., a major in philosophy) normally with a minimum A- standing, and proficiency in English. Note that students may apply to the M.A. in Political and Legal Thought program through the collaborating academic unit (Philosophy, Political Studies, or Law) that best matches their academic background.

Admission to the Ph.D. Program requires an M.A. degree in philosophy or equivalent with a minimum A- standing, and proficiency in English.

  • Proficiency in English: English is the language of instruction and communication in the Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University. Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission. If English is not a native language, prospective students must meet English language proficiency requirements in writing, speaking, reading, and listening. The School of Graduate Studies requires the following minimum scores: TOEFL (paper-based): 550, (2) TOEFL iBT: Writing (24/30); Speaking (22/30); Reading (22/30); Listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120 (applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score), or (3) IELTS: 7.0 (academic module overall band score), or (4) PTE Academics: 65.

Please note that the admissions process is competitive. Accordingly, successful applicants tend to have qualifications higher than the minimum listed.

For more information on the Department of Philosophy's graduate programs, see Graduate Studies. For information on how to apply, see Application Procedures. For information on funding for philosophy graduate students, see Funding.


Applications for all graduate programs in philosophy are hosted online by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Information on how to apply online can be found here. Click below to begin your application.