Welcome to Political Science

With four central strengths — Canadian Politics, Global Politics, Politics & Business, and Public Policy & Administration — Political Science at Waterloo offers innovative specializations and career-relevant minors that explore Ideas for Changing the World.

Our undergraduate BA degree in Political Science teaches our students how to navigate the challenges of the global political landscape and to respond to our complex future. The degree emphasizes both classroom learning – with award-winning instructors – and experiential learning in the real world – to promote the development of a range of important skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity, self-management, self-assessment, time-management, long-term and critical thinking, and strategies for lifelong learning. (*insert link to UG page where highlighted)

At the graduate level, we offer a MA and a PhD in Political Science (with co-op options), and a Master of Public Service. Our instructors also form the core of faculty who teach courses and supervise students in the MA and PhD in Global Governance, which is housed at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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Undergraduate studies

Navigate and respond to the challenges of the global political landscape with a major, minor or specialization in Political Science.

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Master of Arts in Political Science

Gain a deeper understanding of global politics at multiple scales (domestic, regional, global) while developing analytical and professional skills for success in yoru career.

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PhD in Political Science

Enjoy greater flexibility in core research activities and professional development for both academic and non-academic career paths, experiential and teaching options.

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Master of Public Service

Gain the knowledge, skills, and work experience you need for a public service career at any level of government in Canada. 

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Global Governance programs

Our interdisciplinary Master and PhD programs focus on advanced research, writing and analytical skills to help you prepare for careers in academics or the public, private and civil sectors.

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The Department of Political Science acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.