Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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International Affairs (MA)

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Field of Study:International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $8,255
National: $8,671


A leader in its field, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) has an international reputation for providing the interdisciplinary training necessary to understand international issues and policy in a complex global environment. Our expertise includes: conflict resolution and security, terrorism and intelligence, international trade and finance, international governance and development. 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.


Test Scores:
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 250] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100]
Application Notes : Applicants may submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test scores; in some circumstances, students may be required to submit GRE scores.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
The minimum requirement for admission into the master's program is a B.A. (Honours) degree in a discipline related to international affairs. Under current practice, at least a high honours standing (B+ minimum) is normally required to be considered for admission to the program. Students admitted to the NPSIA M.A. program must have successfully completed a 1.0 credit (or the equivalent) course in introductory economics (introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics for economics majors) before starting the program. Students who have not completed one credit of introductory economics at the time of their application will have their admission into the program made conditional upon its successful completion prior to registration. In some cases where the student is deemed by the admissions committee to have an insufficient background in international affairs they may be required to complete up to two additional courses as part of their M.A. program. Students who are uncertain about whether they meet the background requirements are encouraged to contact the School of International Affairs.

* 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