Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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International Affairs

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Field of Study:International/Global Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,381
National: $6,381


A leader in its field, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs has an international reputation for providing the interdisciplinary training necessary to understand international issues and policy in a complex global environment. Building on our longstanding record of graduate training in areas of international development policy, international economic policy, and conflict and security studies, NPSIA provides doctoral students with an opportunity to apply sophisticated theoretical and methodological approaches to important questions of international policy in the areas of security and conflict, development, economic policy, and international governance. NPSIA is the only Canadian full member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, which is committed to preparing students for the global workplace of the 21st century. The School produces Canada's premier foreign affairs annual, Canada Among Nations and the journal Canadian Foreign policy.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80
Test Scores:
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 250]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Work Experience
  • Portfolio
Admission into the Ph.D. program will be judged primarily on the applicant's ability to undertake research successfully and his/her prospects for completion of the program. The normal requirement for admission to the doctoral program in International Affairs is a Master's degree in a social science with at least an A- average. Relevant work experience is also considered. Students who lack sufficient background at the graduate level in international affairs will be required to take supplementary courses extra to the degree prior to admission. Students with no formal training in economics must complete a 1.0 credit (or equivalent) course in introductory economics (introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics for economics majors) plus at least 1.0 credit (or the equivalent) at the advanced undergraduate (typically third or fourth year) or intermediate theory level to be considered for admission.

Students with no formal training in International Law must complete an International Law course (0.5 credit) at the School, or in a Law department or faculty, before the end of the second year of their program. The course must be a minimum of a 3rd year, undergraduate level course, and if taken at the School, will be extra to the degree.

* 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 September 01, 2022