In addition to training future college teachers and university professors in philosophy, the Department offers graduate programs aimed at consolidating and honing the knowledge acquired at the undergraduate level. It also helps to develop master's and PhD students' research skills and equip them to enrich the scientific literature in this field.
The Department maintains close relations with a large number of research groups, including some of the leading ones in the country. Its faculty boasts a wide range of expertise, often in a combination of fields. The Department also offers a great many opportunities for exchanges and discussion, among them Ithaque, the student philosophy journal.
It is important to underscore the usefulness of gaining fluency in one of the main languages of philosophical tradition. Students can choose one according to their interests, inclinations and planned studies.
Although most master's and PhD graduates in philosophy go into teaching and research, there are also senior positions in many fields open to graduates:
- Public administration
- Education, etc.
According to the latest survey by the Quebec ministère de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (in French), over 60% of MA in philosophy graduates work in a field directly related to their studies and fewer than 3% are looking for work.