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Political Science, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The MA program offers high quality courses in the main areas of political science, but it is distinctive. In the required course on ‘Scope and Methods in Political Science’, students explicitly focus on the various ways of doing political research. MA candidates are employed as Teaching Assistants. They are mentored throughout the entire TA experience, developing very marketable teaching skills.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ontario.

Programme Structure

The faculty cohort is large, diverse, and distinguished. Course offerings are rich and varied in both theoretical and methodological approaches.  Our Graduate Program enables students to pursue research in several innovative fields, including global governance, global justice, human rights, international security, multilevel governance, migration and ethnic relations, political economy and public policy.

The Department houses the Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance and participates in a wide range of interdisciplinary programs.  The Department has partnered with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and the Migration and Ethnic Relations Program to offer collaborative graduate degrees in Political Science with a specialization in these programs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 4-year Honours degree in Political Science.
  • Achieved at least a 78% in all courses taken within the final two years of the undergraduate degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19152 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9576 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7674 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3837 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1037 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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


Funding Details

  • Western Funding Package

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

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