The MA in Political Science gives you the opportunity to address some of the most pressing questions in contemporary politics. As political thought shapes the world we live in, you will be encouraged to think about the relations between individuals and political communities from an analytical and critical perspective. Your research will be applicable to academia, public administration, private industry and NGOs. You will have access to inter-institutional research centers and research networks, such as the Center for Immigration Policy Evaluation, engAGE, Latin American Studies Network of Montreal (RÉLAM), and the Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en philosophie politique de Montréal. Other topics currently being studied by our students include security studies and international relations, the history of political thought and emerging economies.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
3 credits – Core Course in Area of Concentration
POLI 603 - International Relations Theory (3 credits)
POLI 626 - Seminar in Comparative Politics (3 credits)
POLI 632 - Seminar in Political Theory (3 credits)
POLI 636 - Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration (3 credits)
POLI 638 - Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics (3 credits)
3 credits – Research Course
POLI 601 - Research Design (3 credits)
POLI 644 - Research Methods (3 credits)
6 credits – Concentration Courses in Subfield
Chosen from the subfield in which the student intends to write a thesis: Public Policy and Administration, Canadian and Quebec Politics, International Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory (6 credits).
6 credits – Approved Elective or Cognate Courses
Chosen from any of the 600-level courses in political science, or from cognate courses offered in related disciplines. For cognate courses, approval of the Director is required. In some cases approval for registration in cognate courses must be obtained from the department involved (6 credits).
Undergraduate honours degree or the equivalent is required with a minimum GPA of 3.30.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.
Competitive funding packages in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.
Take the opportunity to gain valuable training in Public Policy and Public Administration. Secure a paid internship with government agencies in Ottawa and pursue a career in the public service and non-governmental organizations