Real and ideal: engagement for changing the world

Our MA in Political Science is designed to foster a deeper understanding of politics across the world at multiple scales (domestic, regional, global) while also allowing students to develop the analytical and professional skills required for success in both academic and non-academic job markets.

Our PhD in Political Science is the most innovative program of its kind in Canada, offering students considerable flexibility in core research activities, formal professional development for both academic and non-academic career paths, an experiential option, and a teaching option.

Our research and teaching expertise

With 21 faculty members in our department and additional associated faculty, our programs offer a wide range of courses and graduate research supervision and opportunities across a broad range of topic areas. Faculty members are equipped to supervise graduate projects on a range of topics and contemporary issues, including:

  • American politics
  • Canadian political institutions
  • Chinese politics
  • climate change
  • constitutional law and politics
  • counter-terrorism
  • courts
  • democratic theory
  • democratization
  • development
  • diplomacy
  • elections and campaigns
  • environmental and resource politics
  • federalism and multi-level governance
  • feminist theory
  • foreign policy
  • free expression
  • health policy
  • Indigenous politics
  • inequality
  • international organizations
  • international political economy
  • international security
  • local government
  • Middle East politics
  • migration
  • political marketing
  • political parties
  • populism
  • provincial politics
  • public administration
  • public-private partnerships
  • regime change
  • reproductive politics
  • rights
  • social policy
  • South Asian politics
  • trade
  • war

We offer both traditional and interdisciplinary courses, as well as inter-university course options.  Students will also benefit enormously from our formal links with international research institutions including Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Balsillie School of  International Affairs.
If you would like further information, please contact our Graduate Programs Coordinator.
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International students

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.