Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Political Science

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:Department of Political Science
Field of Study:Political Science and Government, General
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,381
National: $6,381


The PhD Political Science program emphasizes the development of theoretical competence and rigorous analytical skills in the study of politics. Students choose two of the following fields: Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Canadian Politics, and Public Policy. All of these fields are well represented by internationally-recognized faculty members who are available for research supervision.


Test Scores:
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237 ] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
The Ph.D. program in political science normally will be undertaken on a full-time basis. However, in cases of exceptional merit, the Department may accept a few candidates for the degree on a part-time basis. The normal requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program is a master's degree (or its equivalent) in political science with high honours standing or better. It is anticipated that Ph.D. candidates will enter having taken some political theory at the undergraduate level, regardless of their desired field of specialization. Those who have not will be required to take PSCI 2301 [0.5] and PSCI 2302 [0.5] in addition to the normal Ph.D. requirements.

Upon entry to the program, each Ph.D. candidate will be assigned a faculty member to advise them on their studies. Students' programs, including the choice of supervisor and the thesis committee, must be approved by the Department. The thesis supervisor will normally be chosen from among faculty members in the Department of Political Science. Upon approval of the thesis supervisor and the Department, committee members may be chosen from elsewhere within the University.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 01, 2022