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.
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.
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).