Master's program

The MA in Political Science is an innovative and research-focused program geared towards preparing students for a wide variety of career paths across the public and private sectors. In addition to the regular program, Waterloo graduate students have access to co-op option, the largest program of its kind in the world.

Students will have the opportunity to work with internationally and nationally-renowned scholars in the discipline of Political Science. The MA Program offers training in all major fields of the discipline, including Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, Political Theory, and Public Policy.

Following the introduction of our new PhD Program in the Fall of 2022, our MA students will also have access to a diverse set of professional development seminars offering robust training for academic and non-academic careers.

Students can choose between the Major Research Paper and the MA Thesis options, allowing them to tailor their projects to their own needs and preferences.

With faculty guidance, our graduate students also organize and run their own annual conference and graduate student journal, Inquiry & Insight.

See what Nadine, one of our alum, has to say about her experience in the program, and her research on global power dynamics.

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