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MA in Political Science

Research paper option

  • Students will complete a total of six graduate courses in the fall and winter terms (including mandatory Political Science (PSCI 600)

  • Major Research Paper (MRP) to be completed in the spring term (proposals due in November)
  • The MRP is co-supervised by two faculty members and does not require an oral defense

Thesis option

  • Students will complete four graduate courses in the fall and winter terms (including mandatory PSCI 600)
  • Thesis to be completed in the spring term
  • Students must submit their thesis proposal in November, which is to be approved by the Graduate Officer, the prospective supervisor and reader
  • Thesis option requires an oral defense

Co-op option 

  • Our co-op option enables students to combine their academic studies with practical work experience in positions related to their professional interests 
  • Following the MA coursework terms (fall and winter), students apply for co-op positions in public and private organizations 
  • Co-op work terms are either four or eight months in length and are followed by a term back on campus for writing the MRP or thesis
  • Applications for co-op due in October

Fields of concentration

Our program offers courses and faculty supervision of graduate research in three main topic areas: