Graduate degree requirements at IHPST include course-work, examinations, and proof of competence in logic or language(s) other than English, all within the framework of the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies, as described in the Calendar. Application deadline is January 15.
The MA degree in the history and philosophy of science and technology is intended to serve the needs of several groups of students. Secondary school teachers and practicing scientists will find that the program helps them to understand the historical and conceptual forces that have brought science and technology to their current pre-eminence. Graduate training through the Master’s level is also appropriate for positions in public and industrial museums, archives, libraries, publishing, and science journalism. Institute graduates have also taken positions in government ministries, helping to formulate long-term science policy.
Full-time Master’s candidates are admitted to a 1-year program of study.
Please note that some of the students entering the full-time MA program will be designated “doctoral stream” and funded up to the amount allowed by policy (see the Fees & Funding section on the Graduate page). The number of such funded students varies according to annual budgets; the decision to fund a given student is made by the Fellowships, Admissions and Progress Committee.
Part-time study is also an option; students have 6 years to complete all degree requirements and take a maximum of 2 full courses (or 4 half courses) per year.
We rarely offer evening classes. Summer courses are not normally offered, other than one-on-one Individual Reading and Research projects.
During the first weeks after being admitted, students will be required to declare themselves as “History of Science Stream” students or “Philosophy of Science Stream” students in order to determine the courses required in their program.
- Minimum of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs). A student’s curriculum is arranged in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Students make course choices consistent with a commitment to either:
- Some time in the first term of enrolment, MA candidates must choose to follow either one of three ‘history fields’ (History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences; History of Medicine and Life Sciences; History of Technology) or the ‘philosophy field’.
- Students in a history field must:
- Complete HPS1000H Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
- Complete 1.0 FCE from the HPS2000H series and 0.5 FCE from the HPS3000H series
- Demonstrate a reading knowledge of French or German; language instruction courses are not counted in the 3.0 FCEs required for the degree.
- Students in the philosophy field must:
- Complete HPS1000H Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (in the first term)
- Complete 0.5 FCE from the HPS2000H series and 1.0 FCE from the HPS3000H series
- Demonstrate proficiency in introductory logic, or a reading knowledge of French, or a reading knowledge of German. Logic and language instruction courses are not counted in the 3.0 FCEs required for the degree.
3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
15 sessions part-time
The full-time M.A. program must be completed within three years and the part-time M.A. program must be completed within six years of the date of entry.