Political Science, M.A. | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
24 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The Political Science MA program from Carleton University offers opportunities for focused graduate-level study and learning in all aspects of politics. 


Students have the option of concentrating their courses and research on specific aspects of political science – including Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Policy, and Political Theory – or taking a wide range of courses across these fields. 

During the Political Science MA program from Carleton University, students will have access to faculty for one-on-one research supervision, as well as to the lively research community within the department. A co-op option is available.

Capital Advantage

Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital places you in the heart of the country’s political process, giving you unparalleled access to resources and career opportunities unavailable elsewhere in the country. Carleton students enjoy easy access to Canada’s federal government and can tour Parliament Hill, visit the Library of Parliament, attend Parliament when it is in session and volunteer or work for government departments and agencies located in the city. Ottawa is also home to 11 national museums, Library and Archives Canada, more than 900 national and international associations and a multitude of high commissions and foreign embassies.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Fiona Robinson has published extensively on the global ethics of care
  • William Cross specializes in political parties and legislative politics in Westminster-style democracies
  • Laura Macdonald conducts research on North American politics
  • Waller Newell’s work examines the insights of political philosophy for questions of political leadership
  • Vandna Bhatia’s research focuses on the public policy choices associated with healthcare in Canada in a comparative context

Career Opportunities

Our location in Ottawa places students in the heart of the country’s political process, which provides unparalleled access to resources and career opportunities unavailable elsewhere in the country. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Political Parties in Canada
  • Legislatures and Representation in Canada
  • The Politics of Climate Change
  • Canadian Political Economy
  • Executive Power in Canadian Politics
  • Indigenous Politics of North America

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A BA (Honours), or the equivalent, with at least a B+ standing. Honours graduates in fields other than political science will be considered on the basis of their academic background and standing, and will be judged on a case-by-case basis. 

Tuition Fee

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    6657 CAD/year
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Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
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