Political Science

University of Calgary

M.A. On Campus
24 months
13330 CAD/year
5873 CAD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The MA in Political Science program at the University of Calgary is one of the strongest in Canada. Our scholars have long been pivotal in shaping Canadian political discourse, through publishing key research in major journals, and through training graduate students to become leaders in academic, public and private sector careers.


Our MA in Political Science program at the University of Calgary covers the traditional fields of political science, and offers unparalleled strengths in the areas of political violence, international law, history of political thought, gender and politics, political parties, electoral politics and indigenous politics.

Students are given the tools and guidance needed to work at a high level on theoretical and practical problems of crucial political importance, domestically and globally.

Outcomes and next steps

Government policy analyst, researcher, consultant, non-governmental organizations, international organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qualitative Analysis in Political Science
  • Special Topics in Political Theory
  •  Special Topics in Political Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
  • A four-year BA in Political Science or a strong background in Political Science: at least 5.0 full-course equivalents in Political Science.
  • Sample of written work, preferably a paper submitted for a Political Science course.
  • A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted.
  • A statement of research interests
  • Email confirmation from a potential supervisor who is interested in supervising your work
  • Two reference letters

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13330 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13330 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5873 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5873 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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Political Science
University of Calgary


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