Political Science - PhD at Waterloo

At a glance:

Application and document submission deadline

  • February 1 (for admission in September)

Graduate research fields

  • Canadian Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Economy

Study option

  • Thesis

Minimum admission requirements

  • Students must hold a Master's degree with a minimum 80% average or equivalent in political science, or a related discipline.
  • Experienced professionals in the private or public sectors will be considered for admission, but additional course work may be required.
  • Three references, normally from academic sources.
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable. TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5).

Approximate tuition, fees, and living costs

  • To determine the tuition and incidental fees per term for your program, visit the Graduate program tuition page on the Finance website. Once you are on the page:
    • Choose your program type: master’s & diploma programs or doctoral programs
    • Choose your residency status: Canadian/permanent resident or international
    • Choose a term (tuition amounts for future terms are posted approximately two months prior to the start of each term and incidental fees are subject to change)
    • Find your program under the appropriate faculty. Tuition amounts are listed per term, with three terms occurring over the course of a year.
  • Review the study and living costs

Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in this program.