International Affairs

Carleton University

M.A. On Campus
12 months
15058 CAD/year
6590 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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A leader in its field, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) from Carleton University has an international reputation for providing the interdisciplinary training necessary to understand international issues and policy in a complex global environment. 


Our expertise includes: conflict resolution and security, terrorism and intelligence, international trade and finance, international governance and development. NPSIA from Carleton University is the only Canadian full member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, which is committed to preparing students for the global workplace of the 21st century.

Career options

NPSIA graduates have a remarkable record of success finding employment in the international affairs field, including positions in international organizations (such as the Council of Europe, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations), in government departments (Global Affairs, Agriculture, National Defence, Environment, Public Safety and the Privy Council) and in the private and not-for-profit sector. Several master’s students have gone on to doctoral work in top university programs globally, while recent doctoral graduates have gone into government and academic posts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Development Policy
  • Project Operations in a Developing Country Context
  • Food Security and Rural Development
  • Theories of Development and Underdevelopment
  • Economic Development Policy and Planning
  • International Aspects of Economic Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 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.
B+ (recommended)

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).
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PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with a minimum GPA of B+; a full year standard course in introductory economics (microeconomics and macroeconomics) or equivalent. 
  • The MA/Juris Doctor degree also requires separate admission into the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15058 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15058 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    6590 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6590 CAD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National: $6,590 – $8,388
  • International: $15,058 – $21,448


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