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The Department of Political Science has an excellent reputation for dynamic teaching and research that reflects wide-ranging ideological and intellectual diversity among our faculty. Our competitive graduate program thrives under the national and global profile of our distinguished faculty members with expertise in indigenous politics, gender and politics, Canadian politics, international security, global political economy, and the history of political thought.
Political Science faculty members publish extensively in the top Canadian and international journals and have been instrumental in shaping many of the central debates in contemporary politics in Canada and around the world.
In this program, students will be challenged to grapple with and contribute to debates spanning all major fields of study in political science.
We have an exceptional record of placing our doctoral students in academics, government, the public sector, business and law.
Courses: Topics may include sexual ethics, history of political thought, political theory, Canadian political process, foreign policy and more.
Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.
Research Methods: Students demonstrate knowledge of research methods or complete a course on quantitative analysis in political science.
Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research dissertation.
University instructor, government policy analyst, researcher, consultant, non-governmental organizations, international organizations.
A PhD in political science is usually considered a final degree.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
Four courses in a primary field and two courses in a secondary field
Four years full-time; six years maximum
A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted
A minimum of 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A Master of Arts in Political Science or a strong background in Political Science.
Sample of written work, preferably a paper submitted for a Political Science course.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
For admission on September 1:
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