Why choose Philosophy at Dal?

Dalhousie has a long tradition of philosophical excellence. Our first president taught philosophy courses here and, over the years, faculty and alumni have blazed trails locally and around the world: founding the Royal Society of Canada, starting the Dalhousie Review, even becoming president of Cornell University.

A recent external review of the department called us, "pound for pound the best in the country." We are recognized as the strongest philosophy department east of Montreal, with an active, engaged intellectual community both in and out of the classroom.

Well-respected nationally, with alumni teaching in philosophy departments across Canada, we also have strong international connections, with grads making a difference as teachers, poets, diplomats and judges around the world.

Many undergraduates have continued their philosophical studies at top graduate programs, and philosophy students consistently score extremely well on LSATs, MCATs and GREs.

But above all, philosophy helps make sense of life. Our program encourages independent thinking; makes us more thoughtful, tolerant citizens; and will prepare you for any career because philosophy is the ultimate transferable skill.

Program details

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

  • Concentration (3 years)
  • Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Available as a second subject to BSc students


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • 4 additional university preparatory courses

Recommended high school courses:

  • History
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Science

See admission requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • The size of most first- and second-year classes are between 50-100 students.
  • Third- and fourth-year classes average between 10-30 students.

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing