Political Management, Master | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
12 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University is an intensive master’s degree designed to provide a professional foundation for students who will go on to leadership roles in the political offices and parties of the nation, and intended to contribute to a more constructive politics and well-informed policy decisions.


This Political Management program at Carleton University is an important first for Canada. It insists on ethical comportment as a guiding principle at all times, along with respect for those on the other side of a partisan divide. The program is offered through the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs.

Capital Advantage

The program takes full advantage of Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital and draws on the university’s longstanding strengths in the analysis of Canadian politics and governance, voting behaviour and electioneering, political communication, public opinion measurement and the design of persuasive campaigns. While the program is explicitly designed for those who intend to launch careers as staff to elected politicians, it will also be of value to those who may wish to go on to work for organizations and agencies that seek to influence government policy and priorities, whether these be NGOs, public or private sector companies, or grassroots movements. Most of these are located in Ottawa.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Prof. Stephen Azzi examines prime ministerial leadership, Canadian-American relations and nationalism in English Canada.
  • Prof. Jennifer Robson studies household finances, poverty and Canadian social policy.
  • Prof. André Turcotte currently focuses on the emergence of new election campaign techniques and their detrimental impact on political engagement and participation.
  • Prof. Paul Wilson is examining the structure and processes of Cabinet in Canada, including relations between the prime minister, ministers, public servants and political staff.

Career Opportunities

The program is designed for those who wish to work in the office of an elected politician or for organizations or companies that seek to influence government policies, such as NGOs, government relations firms, private or public sector corporations, or grassroots movements.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Parliament and Parties in Canada
  • The Core Executive in Canada
  • Advanced Strategic Communications
  • Political Offices
  • Writing in a Political Context

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

  • An honours bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with an average of B+ or higher. 
  • You must be able to show evidence of your commitment to and aptitude for political management through prior involvement in party or campus politics, grassroots organizations, political advocacy, or similar experience.

Tuition Fee

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    18463 CAD/year
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    6657 CAD/year
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Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
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