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.
The IHPST’s 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, two letters of reference, a writing sample of no more than 3000 words, and a curriculum vitae. 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, 2020.
Full-Time vs. Part-Time
The IHPST MA may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis:
- The full-time MA program generally takes 10 months to complete, but must be completed within one year.
- The part-time MA program must be completed within six years of the date of entry.
MA degree students have two program options:
- Five half-year graduate IHPST courses (of their equivalent) and a research paper (taken under the rubric of HPS1001H). The research paper will be written under the supervision of a member of IHPST’s graduate faculty.
- Six half-year IHPST courses (or their equivalent)
All IHPST MA students are expected to take the IHPST Pro-seminar (HPS1000H), which is the core course for all IHPST graduate students. The remaining courses are normally chosen from those that appear in IHPST’s list of courses for that year. This list includes approved courses offered by cognate unit within the University. It is possible for you to arrange a one-term reading course in an area not included in that year’s list. Two of the half-courses (or one full course) may be taken outside the department with the permission of the graduate coordinator. You must achieve a B+ average in your coursework to fulfill the requirements for the MA