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Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D]

 5 years
 full time
 on campus
  Thesis Based

$ 13,500 

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Program Description

  • Doctor of Philosophy at York University is offered as a 5-year teaching program.
  • It is an on-campus program offered on both a full-time (15 terms) and part-time (18 terms) basis.
  • The Graduate Program in Philosophy offers rigorous training for MA students in preparation for admission to PhD programs and supports PhD students in developing a professional research profile.
    • The department provides various degree such as:
      • Master of Arts (MA, 3 terms)
      • Master of Arts/Juris Doctor (MA/JD, 15 terms)
      • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, 15 terms)
    • The PhD program degree requirements are Course work (required courses and electives), Comprehensive Examination, and Dissertation.
    • The program teaches both traditional and interdisciplinary methods, including empirical, conceptual, and applied approaches.
    • The program specializes in a number of research areas, including:
      • Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of law
      • Philosophy of Cognitive Science, mind, and language
      • History of 19th and 20th century philosophy
      • Philosophy of Science and Epistemology.
    • Students may complement their training with graduate diplomas, including the Diploma in Value Theory and Applied Ethics and the Neuroscience Graduate Diploma.
    • PhD students are supported in their career prospects through the Philosophy Placement Program.
    • University encourages and supports students in their applications for prestigious external provincial and national awards. 
    • York offers competitive funding to all qualified graduate students and is committed to promoting excellence in research and teaching.
    • York University graduate students have a very high success rate in attractingscholarships. International students receive a bursary for the university health insurance plan.
    • The average salary of the program goes up to 57,000 USD.

    Program Highlights

    Degree Type Offered Doctorate
    Duration5 years
    Fees$ 73,270 for 5 years
    Delivery TypeFull Time
    Admission Intake Fall (Deadline - Jan 15)
    Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS
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    Eligibility & Entry Requirement

    Academic Eligibility:

    • Students must complete a Master's degree from a recognized university.
    • A GPA of at least 3.33 (B+ grade) out of 4.33 is required to be eligible for the program.

    Indian Student Eligibility

    Indian students are eligible to apply if they have any one of the following certificates:

    • Completed a 4-year UG degree with first class in a relevant field from a recognized institution.
    • Or, completed a master's degree with first-class in a relevant field from a recognized institution.
    • Or, completed a 3-year UG degree from an accredited institution.

    Submission of GRE scores is compulsory for this program, however, it is recommended to submit a minimum 300+ score for a better chance of admission.

    Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.

    The above requirements are the minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission. The admissions committee will consider all evidence in the file and decide. To know more about the requirem…. Read More

    Required Document List

    Following Documents are required to attend this program:

    • Online application form: Students have to submit an online application form at the official website.
    • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
    • Statement of Purpose: An essay or other written statement written by the student.
    • Academic Documents: Submit copies of official transcripts from post-secondary institutions attended.
    • Three letters of recommendation: Referees (Teachers, guidance counselors, or Professors) should comment on academics and that references should submit along with the application system.
    • Sample of written work: Student has to write something interesting as their sample essay in the application form.
    • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
    • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL, or other test scores.
    • Students should hold major papers or chapters of the MA thesis.

    Application Deadline

    Jan 15

    Scores Required

    100 / 120

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    Fees & Funding

    Tution & Application Fees

    YearYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5
    Tuition fees$13500$13500$13500$13500$13500
    Health insurance$540$540$540$540$540
    Other fees$614$614$614$614$614
    Total fees$14654$14654$14654$14654$14654

    Living Costs

    HeadAvg Cost Per Year
    Housing$ 4,441
    Food$ 3,750


    QS World University 2019

    Ranked #151/ 200

    Philosophy [ International ]

    Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

    NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
    Ontario Trillium Scholarship $28,961 Yes N/A
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship $10,847 Yes N/A
    JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Variable Yes 09 Mar, 2020
    Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships $52,637 Yes N/A
    Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
    Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
    Ontario Graduate Fellowship $8,459 Yes N/A
    Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
    Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
    BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
    Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships Variable Yes 03 Jan, 2021
    Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
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    VISA & Work Study


    • Student VISA authorizes students to study in Canada legally.
    • International students will receive their Study Permits in the form of a paper document which will usually be attached to the passport at the Canadian port of entry.
    • Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs), commonly called Entry Visas, are to be obtained by foreign nationals who require visas to enter Canada, while Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) allows foreign nationals from visa-exempted countries to enter Canada without a visa.

    Work Study


    • The student must have a valid study permit for the period of employment.
    • He/She should meet the specific skills and experience requirements set by the sponsoring department.


    • All students are permitted to accept one Work-Study position only per program period.
    • Non-degree students (i.e. visiting students, students on a LOP) are not eligible for Work-Study.
    • Students are not eligible to hold a work-study position in the same term in which they are holding an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (or equivalent).

    Salary Rate:

    • Hourly rates vary with the nature of the job, the scope of responsibilities and work experience.
    • The salary range will be indicated on the job posting and/or students will be advised by the employer during the interview.
    • Work/study students are paid by their hiring department through York's payroll system.
    • Student Financial Services does not pay students and cannot make adjustments to pay.

    Career and Placement after Course

    Possible career opportunities are:

    • Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
    • Research Scientist
    • Associate Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
    • Principal Scientist
    • Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education
    • Data Scientist
    • Professor and Associate Dean

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