Graduate Application Deadline: January 31*
* The Graduate Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider late applications if justified.
Graduate Programs in Political Science Fact Sheet
2017-2018 Graduate Handbook
Download the Graduate Studies Handbook for 2017-18 [PDF - 857 KB]
Fall Course List [PDF - 374 KB] for 2016-17
Winter Course List [PDF - 371 KB] for 2016-17
Graduate Student Grading Rubric
Graduate Student Grading Rubric [PDF - 29KB]
MA Degree Program
The MA is a one-year (12 month) program consisting of three full-credit classes (or the equivalent in half-credit classes) and a thesis. Classes include at least two of the core graduate seminars and not more than one credit of classes cross-listed as undergraduate / graduate (3000/5000). Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate a minimum TOEFL score of 600, or the equivalent score on a comparable test.
PhD Degree Program
The PhD program requires two years of full-time residency, and can be completed in three to four years. The principal requirements consist of one year of coursework; comprehensive examinations in a major field, a minor field, a bibliographic essay; and an original thesis. Course work will be required as appropriate to prepare students for their comprehensive examinations. These examinations will include both written and oral components. Before proceeding to the thesis, a student must present and defend a thesis proposal. Also, reading competence in a second language, usually French, must be demonstrated before the student begins work on the thesis. The thesis is written under the direction of a committee comprising the supervisor and two other members, and may include qualified faculty members from other departments or universities. The completed thesis is subject to a public, oral defence.