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Future studies

Foundational degrees you can take anywhere


Professional degrees

An undergraduate degree in philosophy is widely regarded as excellent preparation for any number of professional degrees. 

“There’s all sorts of stats on how well philosophy students do on the entrance exams for med school, law school and graduate programs. Philosophy students are at the top of those lists because it’s the ultimate transferable skill. You get this critical thinking ability that is useful across the board,” says Dr. Kirstin Borgerson, assistant professor of philosophy.

Philosophers make great lawyers and, traditionally, many of our graduates go to law school.  But, students who pursue a specialization in ethics—especially bio-medical ethics here at Dal—are equally qualified to work as policy analysts or ethics advisors in medical communities.

Because we teach students techniques to make clear-headed, ethical decisions, students who complete graduate degrees in business have found philosophy invaluable in private sector leadership roles.

Possible professional graduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Laws (J.D.)
  • Masters of Public Administration or Health Administration
  • Masters of Business Administration

Graduate studies in philosophy

Of course, a Dalhousie philosophy degree is an excellent preparation for graduate work in philosophy. Many of the major philosophy departments in Canada have faculty with at least one degree from Dalhousie and our department is extraordinarily successful in placing students in the best philosophy graduate programs in the world, including:

  • University of Toronto
  • Princeton University
  • Cornell University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Possible academic graduate degrees:

  • Master of Arts
  • PhD

Alumni story

Make the big decisions
Daylian Cain

A course in decision making led alumnus Daylian Cain to three master’s degrees, a doctoral degree in business, and a postdoc in behavioral economics. Now he teaches business ethics and decision making to executives at the Yale School of Management.

“One of the great things about Dal is it’s a good school with a strong reputation, especially in the Maritimes. The faculty are connected enough that if you really apply yourself, you can go anywhere you want.”