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Political Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #239 (QS) Kingston, Canada
As a mid-size department, the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University can offer a highly personalized graduate experience, while at the same time providing a well-rounded education that gives students a solid basis for a wide range of careers.


 The  Politicsl Studies department is particularly well known for its strength in the study of divided and diverse societies as well as peace, conflict and security.

The MA program will help you refine your critical and analytical skills, while the PhD program will help you prepare for a rewarding career in university teaching and research. The department also collaborates closely with Philosophy and Law to run the collaborative MA program in Political and Legal Thought.

The department offers both MA and PhD degrees in all the key fields of Canadian political science: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Gender and Politics. Queen's Political Studies is one of only five political studies departments in Canada to offer a Gender and Politics field, and only one of four departments to offer Gender and Politics at the doctoral level. 

Choosing Queen's University for your graduate studies means that you will be at an institution that has consistently been rated in the top Canadian universities. As a research-intensive university, Queen's has exceptionally well-endowed facilities, and is deeply committed to excellence in graduate work. Graduate students are provided with office space and a competitive package of financial support. The Department is affiliated with four excellent Research Centres based at Queen's and actively promotes student-led research initiatives throughout the Queen's community. 

The department offers five fields of study within the MA in Political Studies program:

  • Canadian Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender and Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
Career options:

 Our graduates can be found in government, non-government organizations, firms, and universities across Canada and around the world.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  •  Canadian Politics / Field Course in Canadian Politics
  •  Comparative Politics I / Field Course in Comparative Politics
  • Problems of American Democracy
  • Politics of Ethnic Conflict
  • Comparative Politics of Development
  • Topics in Latin American Politics
  • Macro-Political Regulation of Ethnic Conflict

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: B+

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A complete application must include official, up-to-date transcripts for all current and previous study the applicant has listed in the Academic Background section of the application.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript.
  • For applicants to research programs, two current academic recommendations are required from professors under whom the applicant has recently studied. 
  • Two Professional letters of recommendation can be submitted in support of applications to professional graduate programs. 
  • Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14899 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14899 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    7108 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7108 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Kingston

  • 1015 - 1620 CAD/month
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