12 months
19158 CAD/year
8139 CAD/year
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Acadia University’s 12-month program in Political Science helps you unite great ideas and urgent practice. This rigorous program will prepare you for work in the public and private sectors or further graduate study at the PhD level.


Acadia University’s graduate program in Political Science fosters a close relationship between graduate students and faculty in order to offer you a flexible and rigorous academic foundation. 

You will receive comprehensive instruction in the fields of Canadian politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, and will work on an extended research project under the supervision of one or more of our faculty. 

You will experience rigorous training in the discipline, preparing you to continue your studies at the PhD level. This training also prepares you for work in the public and private sector and in the areas of journalism, advocacy, international development and organization, education, and law.

Be Inspired

In Acadia's small and selective political science graduate program you will benefit from small class sizes and individualized attention while having access to faculty with a diverse set of research interests. 

Many of the students are attracted to the small scale of both Acadia University and the Town of Wolfville - an intimate community located in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. With a vibrant cultural scene, a variety of cafes, restaurants, and shops, and great locations for outdoor activities, Wolfville and the surrounding area offer you a welcoming and stimulating home.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Political Theory
  • Canadian Government and Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Government
  • Politics in The Maritimes
  • Environmental Political Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The current effective threshold for admission is a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Political Science, with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the last two years. 
  • We occasionally admit candidates with a major in Political Science or degrees in other disciplines or with lower GPAs, however, we may require coursework in Political Science prior to admission to the MA depending upon the actual qualifications of individual candidates (and their equivalence to Political Science). 
  • Your application must include: two (2) letters of reference, curriculum vitae, undergraduate university transcript, a sample of your recent written academic work, general statement of your proposed thesis research that includes information on your proposed research topic, and the application fee as required by Acadia University
  • International students must also submit an English language test score

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19158 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 19158 CAD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8139 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8139 CAD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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