Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Admission to the MA is highly selective and competitive. Acceptance is based on a combination of grades, references, academic and professional accomplishments, areas of interest, and a sample of written work.
All the forms required for application, including the standard application form, can be downloaded from IHPST’s web site. The website also contains detailed instructions for completing applications. Applications must be accompanied by transcripts, a 300-500 word statement of interest indicating the applicant’s areas of interest in history and/or philosophy of science and technology at the graduate level, letters of reference, and a writing sample of no more than 3000 words. Applicants who wish to take one or more of the courses offered by IHPST as non-degree students should apply for admission as Special Students. The application procedures are the same as for those also satisfy IHPST’s additional admission requirements stated below.
Applicants must hold an appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with an average grade of at least B+ in the final two years of undergraduate work. While the majority of accepted students exceed this standard, the very broad scope of the field and the variety of fruitful approaches to it also imply that many different backgrounds are appropriate. Accordingly, grades are only one criterion used to assess applications.
Applicants whose primary language is not English and who are not graduates of a university whose language of instruction is English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Written English (TWE) with the following minimum scores: paper-based TOEFL (580 and 5 on the TWE); Internet-based TOEFL (93/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections)
Application deadline is January 15, 2019.
Requirements and Policies
Coursework: MA students are required to take 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) that must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. One course in another graduate unit at the University of Toronto can be counted toward the degree. Students make course choices consistent with a commitment to either: (a) one of the three history fields (History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences; History of Medicine and Life Sciences; History of Technology), or (b) the philosophy field (Philosophy of Science).
- Students in a history field must: (a) complete HPS 1000H Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (0.5 FCE) in the first session; (b) complete 1.0 FCE from the HPS 2000 series; (c) complete 0.5 FCE from the HPS 3000 series; (d) complete elective courses (1.0 FCE); and (e) demonstrate a reading knowledge of French or German (note: language instruction courses are not counted in the 3.0 FCEs required for the degree).
- Students in the philosophy field must: (a) complete HPS 1000H Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (0.5 FCE) in the first session; (b) complete 0.5 FCE from the HPS 2000 series; (c) complete 1.0 FCE from the HPS 3000 series; (d) complete elective courses (1.0 FCE); and (e) demonstrate proficiency in introductory logic, a reading knowledge of French, or a reading knowledge of German (note: logic and language instruction courses are not counted in the 3.0 FCEs required for the degree).
Each MA student is assigned a faculty advisor who, together with the Director of Graduate Studies, will recommend a suitable program of courses and will be responsible for overseeing the student’s progress.
Times to Completion
It is possible for a full-time student to complete all requirements for the MA degree in two terms. However, the department encourages MA students to take no more than three half-courses in the fall and three half-courses in the winter sessions. Outstanding course work can be completed during the summer session on the availability of faculty and approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. Part-time enrolment in the MA program is permitted, in which case the requirements for the degree must be completed within five academic years.
Grading and Deadlines
Courses taken for graduate credit are assigned a letter grade according to the following scheme: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, and FZ. Deadlines for course work, as set by the Department and the School of Graduate Studies, apply to all students taking IHPST courses, regardless of the department, centre, institute, school, program, or university in which they are enrolled.
The instructor in each course is required to inform the students in writing of the deadlines for course work at the first meeting of the course. Such deadlines must be within the framework set each year by the School of Graduate Studies for submission of grades. For additional information about extensions, see the IHPST Policy on Departmental Coursework Extensions in the Policies and Procedures section of this website.