University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Political Science

University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Graduate Programs
Field of Study:Political Science and Government, General
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,685


The School of Political Studies offers graduate program leading to the degree of PhD in political science. The program is offered full-time only. The program is offered in French and English. All students, regardless of the language selected for the majority of their courses, must take at least one course in French. In accordance with University of Ottawa policy, examinations, assignments and the research paper or thesis may be written in either English or French. The programs operate under the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS), which can be accessed at


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    To be admitted to the PhD program, candidates must hold a master’s degree in political science (or the equivalent) with a minimum average of 75% (B+) calculated in accordance with FGPS guidelines. Exceptional students in the master’s program at the University of Ottawa may, under certain conditions (see “Transfer from master’s to PhD), be allowed to transfer to the PhD without being required to write a master’s thesis. An active knowledge of French and English is essential. All students admitted will have to take at least one of their courses in French, and all students must be capable of reading texts in English and French. Students must indicate in their application the language in which they plan to take the majority of their courses. Those students who plan to study mainly in English will have to demonstrate in their application an active knowledge of English. All students whose first language is other than English or French must provide proof in their application of their level of competence in both languages. The School of Political Studies reserves the right to require a language test for either language.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92-93]
    Application Notes : Two reference letters and official transcripts of all previous universities attended are required.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * 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 October 13, 2022