Politics is everywhere. Political thought plays a key role in shaping the world we live in, be it through resource planning, economic structures, public policies, international relations or issues relating to health and the environment.
The MA in Political Science program offers you the opportunity to address some of the most pressing and difficult challenges facing contemporary politics. Through each area of specialization, you will be encouraged to think about politics and the relations among individuals and political communities from an analytical and critical perspective, including a diversity of epistemological, ontological and methodological viewpoints.
Engage in sustained and original research which is relevant for professional development within academia, public administration, private industry and NGOs. You will benefit from faculty-led inter-institutional and university-wide research centers and research networks, such as the:
Students entering the MA in Political Science are required to complete a graduate thesis.
Admission Requirements. An undergraduate honours degree or the equivalent is required with a minimum GPA of 3.30. Students who do not have the necessary background in political science, as well as in the concentration which they have chosen, may be required to take specific undergraduate courses in addition to the regular program. In certain cases, applicants may be required to complete a qualifying program in order to be eligible for admission to the graduate program.
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.
Credits. A fully qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
Core Courses. All students must complete one 3-credit core course in their area of concentration, chosen from the following: POLI 603 - International Relations Theory, POLI 626 - Seminar in Comparative Politics, POLI 632 - Seminar in Political Theory, POLI 636 - Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration, POLI 638 - Seminar in Canadian and Quebec Politics.
In addition, students are required to take one 3-credit course from the following: POLI 601 - Research Design or POLI 644 - Research Methods.
Concentration Courses. Two 3-credit courses chosen from the subfield in which the student intends to write a thesis.
Approved Elective and Cognate Courses. Two 3-credit courses chosen from any of the 600-level courses in political science, or from cognate courses offered in related disciplines.
Thesis Proposal. All students must complete a thesis proposal, POLI 694.
Master's Thesis. All students must complete a thesis, POLI 696.
Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
Students must take two core courses for a total of 6 credits:
a core in their chosen field of specialization (Canadian and Québec Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, or Public Policy and Public Administration);
either POLI 601: Research Design or POLI 644: Research Methods
The subfield core seminars survey of seminar works, cutting edge research, and the most important approaches to the study of a particular subfield.
POLI 601 Research Design explores differing research philosophies, the principles of research design and research strategies. It provides guidance on writing research proposals.
POLI 644 Research Methods introduces students to the logic and methodology of Political Science research and public policy analysis, focusing on quantitative analysis.
Concentration and elective courses
Students must take two courses in their subfield of specialization (6 credits) and two additional courses, which may be selected 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.
Examples of recent concentration and elective courses
Aging and Public Policy
Development Policy and Administration
Ethics, Morality and Justice
Feminist Critiques of Public Policy
Gender and Global Politics
Immigration Politics and Policy
Indigenous Peoples and the State
Judicial Politics and Policy
Nationalism and Ethnicity
POLI 694. This course is a directed study involving a comprehensive understanding of the literature in the area of research directly relevant to the thesis topic under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The written assignments involve a comprehensive literature review, annotated bibliography and research design that culminate in a thesis proposal presented in an oral defence before the thesis supervisor and two faculty members in the graduate program (3 credits).
POLI 696. Students are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out original, independent research. The thesis, which is researched and written under the direction of a supervisor and thesis committee, is defended before the student’s thesis committee (24 credits).