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Political Science, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #281 (QS) ,
The University of Ottawa School of Political Studies offers graduate programs leading to the Graduate Diploma in Public Management and Governance, and to the degrees of Master of Arts (MA) and PhD in Political Science. The MA program is offered both full- and part-time whereas the PhD program is offered full-time only.


University of Ottawa, Political Science

The programs are offered in French and English.
  • It is possible to follow the Master’s or the PhD program exclusively in French.
  • Students who register in their program in French (MA or PhD) must take the majority of their courses in French:
  • Master’s with Thesis: students must take at least three of their required courses in French.
  • Master’s with Major Research Paper: students must take at least four of their required courses in French.
  • Ph.D.: students must take at least three courses in French.
  • Students who register in their program in English (MA or PhD) must take and pass at least one of their required courses in French.
  • All students are permitted to hand in their assignments in French or in English.
  • At the time of admission, students must have an active knowledge of French and a passive understanding of English.
  • French is the working language of the School’s meetings, including those of the graduate students’ association, and in the School’s internal communications.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Canadian Politics
  • Analysis Of International And Comparative Politics
  • Research Methods In Political Science
  • Core Seminar In Comparative Politics
  • Analysis Of The Canadian Political System
  • Thematic Analysis Of Modern Political Thought
  • Thesis Proposal
  • Topics In Political Thought
  • Topics In Canadian Politics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    18 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Students who have a BA with honours in Political Science or its equivalent with a minimum average of 70 % (B), calculated in accordance with FGPS guidelines, may be admitted directly to the MA program
  • Students who do not have a BA with honours in Political Science, but who have a BA with a minor in Political Science or a BA in a related discipline, and a minimum average of 75 % (B +), may be accepted for a qualifying year 
  • An active knowledge of French or English is essential. All students admitted will have to take at least one of their courses in French, and all students must be capable of reading texts in English and French

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6480 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6480 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2729 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2729 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Ottawa

  • 1168 - 1930 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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