Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Philosophy

The Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Philosophy Program provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and develop skills in the related disciplines of law and philosophy. After four years of study, joint program students graduate with both a Juris Doctor from Osgoode and a Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA-Phil) from the Department of Philosophy at York.

The first and only program of its kind in Canada, the JD/MA-Philosophy Program is ideal for students planning to pursue further post-graduate study, certain areas of legal practice or an academic career.

The Program

Students in the joint program spend their first year in the JD Program. In the second year students are registered for three terms in the MA Philosophy Program. In third and fourth year, students enrol in JD courses plus one additional philosophy course. Students are also required to complete a major supervised research paper on law and philosophy prior to graduating from the program.


Applicants to the JD/MA-Philosophy Program must apply and be admitted to each program separately. For detailed application information and deadlines, see the Osgoode and Department of Philosophy admissions pages.