ICS provides a rich learning experience for students earning their Master and Doctoral degrees. An affiliate of the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto, ICS is, first and foremost, a community of scholars dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of philosophy. Students are mentored in an atmosphere of academic rigour and deep engagement with philosophical ideas and argument. Small classes and seminars create an open and participatory environment where students learn from, and contribute to, the work of faculty and other students.
The admission criteria for ICS's programs include competence and readiness to undertake advanced study. The official prerequisite for admission at the master's level is a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, preferably with an undergraduate concentration directly related to the applicant's intended field of study at ICS, and an overall average of B+. For doctoral studies, a master's degree, including a thesis, in the area of intended study is required.
February 1 (annually)
Only in exceptional circumstances will ICS consider late applications for the MWS and MA programs. Requests for late application consideration are to be directed to Shawn Stovell, Associate Academic Dean and Registrar at email@example.com
For full-time study, a complete application package must be submitted by February 1 in
order to be considered for admission to program studies starting in
A compete application must include all of the following:
Part-time students must complete the full application process if they desire to work towards a degree. Individuals intending to apply to a program may take a couple courses for credit, which can later be credited toward the degree, before committing to the program. The normal prerequisite for part-time study is a four-year baccalaureate degree in the appropriate field or its equivalent.
Persons who wish to take courses for credit without pursuing a degree are welcome to do so. Non-degree students must complete the online Course Registration Form. Those who wish to audit a course must obtain the permission of the instructor before enrolling in a course.
Please note: The PhD program is not offered for part-time studies.
ICS welcomes people who wish to take occasional courses for their own intellectual pursuits. As with full and part time studies, a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent is required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Applicants who have completed courses at other institutions may request a credit transfer. ICS will accept a maximum of two (2) credit transfers if the courses are deemed to be of an appropriate academic level and fit into the applicant's program. Credits will not be transferred from any programs of study previously completed and for which a degree was granted.
An applicant whose native language is not English must show evidence of competence to study and write in English at an advanced level. Such an applicant must submit the results of the TOEFL test. This test may be acquired from Educational Testing Services, Princeton, New Jersey USA (www.toefl.org). Applicants must write the code number 9541 directly on their TOEFL exam for the test score to be mailed to ICS.
Due to the academic rigour involved in program studies at ICS, an applicant must exceed a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL test.
Persons from a country other than Canada must meet Canadian Immigration and Customs regulations for entrance into Canada. To obtain a student visa, a person must have a letter of acceptance as a full-time student at ICS and have proof of financial independence, such as a letter from a bank or a letter from a person or institution who will assume financial responsibility. With such credentials, student visas may be obtained from any Canadian consulate.
Non-Canadian Junior Members are not allowed to work in Canada, with the exception of on-campus employment. Partners of Junior Members, however, can apply for a work permit to enable them to be employed in Canada.
Contact ICS Student Services email@example.com.