Political Science

University of Alberta

M.A. On Campus
24 months
10500 CAD/year
5575 CAD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta is internationally acclaimed for its critical, progressive, and plural approaches to the study of politics. 


The Political Science at the University of Alberta graduate program  draws  on the   diverse talents of our 28 full-time faculty members. With a graduate student body of around 70, we offer a collegial and supportive environment for students who are committed to the advanced study of power, governance, and political life.


Every year we invite applications to our graduate degree programs from outstanding students who are excited to mesh their talents and interests with our department expertise. We seek applicants who are highly self-directed, committed, and curious; although we offer a broad graduate education in Political Science, we are most interested in students who have thought carefully about how to match their own projected research with a cluster of faculty and who are interested in critical approaches within our discipline. 

They fully support students at all levels in pursuing a diversity of career paths, whether within academia, in para-academic or “alt-ac” careers, or in professional directions related to Political Science (such as public service, political office, law, journalism, or working for NGOs).

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Canadian Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender and Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory

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

  • Applicants who have completed the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree will be considered for admission to the MA program. 
  • Degrees in Political Science or close cognates such as International Relations or PPE are strongly preferred; applicants with other undergraduate majors should normally have at least 30 graded credits of coursework in Political Science. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.3 (when converted to the University of Alberta’s grading scale) or equivalent in the last 60 graded credits of academic studies.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10500 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5575 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5575 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Political Science
University of Alberta


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