Master's admission requirements

  • Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Political Science (or a related discipline) with a minimum average of 78% (B+) in the last two years of the degree

  • Three letters of reference, normally from academic sources

  • Resume

  • Supplementary information form (also known as statement of interest, maximum of 500 words)

  • A sample of written work (maximum of 20 pages, double spaced)

  • For international students: proof of English language proficiency (ELP) through acceptable test scores may be required

  • The application deadline is February 1 (admission decisions are made in late-February or early-March of each year)

PhD admission requirements

  • 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 letters of reference, normally from academic sources
  • Resume
  • Supplementary information form (also known as statement of interest, maximum of 500 words)
  • Sample of written work (maximum 20 pages, double spaced)
  • For international students: proof of English language proficiency (ELP) through acceptable test scores may be required
  • The application deadline is February 1 (admission decisions are made in late-February or early-March of each year)

Application process

The application process at University of Waterloo is managed electronically. All students are required to complete an online application and upload supporting documents in an electronic file format. Please note, the graduate application fee is $125 CAD (as of October 1, 2019).

Once your application is submitted to Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), 1 to 2 days are required for OUAC to provide uWaterloo with your information. Once the information is received, an account will be created in Quest, our student information system.

You will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your documents. Once all of the documents are submitted, the department will review your file.  Admissions decisions will be made available on Quest. Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs will confirm this decision via email.

Please visit Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website for information on applying to graduate studies.

Please note that due to current budgetary constraints, we have limited ability to admit international students studying on a study permit.