McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Political Science: Development Studies (M.A. Thesis)

McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts
Field of Study:Human Development and Family Studies, General
Political Science and Government, General
Areas of Research:Development Studies, European Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Neotropical Environment, Social Statistics
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $4,991
National: $10,924

Cost per year represents typical annual fees based on 30 credits taken during Fall and Winter terms.

Careers:LegislatorsIntelligence OfficersProgram Officers Unique to Government


The Development Studies Option (DSO) is a cross‐disciplinary M.A. program offered within existing M.A. programs in the Departments of Geography, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology. This thesis option is open to master's students specializing in development studies. Students enter through one of the participating departments and must meet the M.A. requirements of that unit. Students take an interdisciplinary seminar (INTD 657 Development Studies Seminar) that will be co‐taught by professors from two different disciplines and a variety of graduate-level courses on international development issues. The M.A. thesis must be on a topic relating to development studies, approved by the DSO Coordinating Committee.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600]
Application Notes : GRE results are required for applications to the doctoral program. Use codes McGill 0935 - Political Science 1999. The test should be written well in advance of the application deadline. GRE results are not required for students applying to the master's program.

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian/American institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit TOEFL scores. A minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test (iBT), with each component score not less than 20, or 600 on the paper-based test is required for admission. Please use the codes McGill 0935 - Political Science 89 when writing the TOEFL exam. The IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) with a minimum overall band of 6.5 is also acceptable. Files will not be considered unless TOEFL/IELTS scores are received before the application deadline (January 15). IELTS test scores must be sent electronically by IELTS directly to McGill University using the McGill code 0935.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
Students holding a B.A. degree may be eligible for admission to the M.A. program. Preparation equivalent to a McGill Honours degree in Political Science is desirable.

* 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 19, 2022