Information for Prospective Students
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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Application Deadline

February 1 (annually)

Late Applications

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

Full Time

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 September. 

A compete application must include all of the following:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A non-refundable application fee ($50)
  3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (to be sent directly by the issuing school in sealed envelopes to ICS)
  4. Letters of academic reference commenting on the academic merits of the applicant's previous study and on her or his preparation and prospects for successful graduate study. For those applying to a master's program, two such letters are required. Three letters of academic reference are required for those applying to the doctoral program,
  5. One personal recommendation from someone who knows the applicant well and can comment on his or her purposefulness, maturity and personal readiness for graduate study,
  6. A substantial sample of the applicant's academic work showing an ability to research, write and critique, such as an essay or research paper of approximately 10-20 pages,
  7. A personal statement which both indicates how study at ICS connects with the applicant's academic goals and comments on how the applicant expects his or her own tradition to engage  with that of ICS.

Part Time

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.

Casual Study

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 for further information.

Credit Transfer

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.  

English Language Proficiency Requirements

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 ( 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.

International Students

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.

Questions about admissions? 

Contact ICS Student Services