The PhD in Political Science expands your training in the field as you work alongside experts in political theory, international relations and public policy. You will conduct primary research through surveys, archival data collection and fieldwork in order to make original contributions to the discipline. The program provides a stimulating environment in which to examine disciplinary subfields, allowing you to specialize in two areas of your choice. Our research-active faculty members will help you refine your analytical and writing skills, enabling you to better prepare your research for publication in top-ranking peer-reviewed academic journals such as the Canadian Journal of Political Science and the Review of International Studies. You will benefit from inter-institutional research networks, such as the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) , the Center for Immigration Policy Evaluation, engAGE, the Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology (CREGÉS), Latin American Studies Network of Montreal (RÉLAM), and the Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en philosophie politique de Montréal (GRIPP). Our students have funded their research through fellowships and awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Fonds de recherche du Québec and GRIPP Montreal.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
All students will select two areas of specialization (for example Canadian Politics and International Politics).
21 credits – Coursework
6 credits – Core Courses, one in each of the two chosen areas of specialization.
POLI 801-805 - Advanced Seminars
6 credits – Elective Courses, one in each of the same two chosen areas of specialization.
3 credits – Core Course in Public Policy
Where public policy is one of the two chosen areas of specialization, the elective course is to be selected from a third area.
POLI 805 - Advanced Seminar in Public Policy and Public Administration (3 credits)
3 credits – Elective Course
From any area of specialization or a cognate course in a related field.
3 credits – Methods Course
POLI 844 - Research Design (3 credits)
12 credits – Comprehensive Exams
POLI 885 - Comprehensive Exam (6 credits)
POLI 886 - Comprehensive Exam (6 credits)
MA in political science, political studies, international relations, public policy, or another relevant field from an accredited university.
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.