Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Political Science (MA)

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:Department of Political Science
Field of Study:Political Science and Government, General
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,657
National: $6,976
Careers:LegislatorsIntelligence OfficersProgram Officers Unique to Government


The MA program offers opportunities for focused graduate-level study and learning in all aspects of politics. Students have the option of concentrating their courses and research on specific aspects of political science – including Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Policy, and Political Theory – or taking a wide range of courses across these fields. During the program, students will have access to faculty for one-on-one research supervision, as well as to the lively research community within the department. A co-op option is available.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] 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 Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
The normal requirement for admission to the master's program is B.A.(Honours) (or the equivalent) in Political Science, with at least high honours standing. It is anticipated that candidates will enter having taken some political theory at the undergraduate level. Those who have not will be required to take PSCI 2301 and PSCI 2302, 1.0 credit over and above the normal M.A. program requirements.

Honours graduates in fields other than political science will be considered on the basis of their academic background and standing, and will be judged on a case-by-case basis. Those with only minor deficiencies may be required to take certain specified courses, while others whose degrees are less closely related to political science may be required to register in the qualifying year, at the discretion of the Department. Graduates of three-year programs in political science will be required either to complete the fourth year of an honours degree and reapply, or register in the qualifying year, depending on work completed to date and academic standing. The qualifying year is intended only for those students (with at least an 8.0 grade point average) whose universities do not offer an Honours degree or for graduates in other fields who did not major in political science. The qualifying year program is not intended to be a method for improving a student's undergraduate record. Admission to the qualifying-year program does not imply automatic admission to the master’s program.

* 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