Foundational degrees you can take anywhere
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