Admission Requirements


Please see instructions below for new admission requirements for supporting documents.

The Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University invites applications from qualified students for its MA and PhD programs. If you have any questions we encourage you to please contact us at psgrad@dal.ca or contact the graduate coordinator Kristin Good.

MA applicants must have a BA Honours degree in political science, and must have a 3.7 GPA (A-) to be considered for scholarship funding. An Honours degree entails something in the order of 10 full-year classes in political science, in addition to another 10 full-year credits in other disciplines.

Ph.D. applicants must have BA and MA degrees with an average 3.7 GPA (A-) or above.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements, but who have superior academic qualifications, may be considered for admission to the MA or PhD program, but may be required to satisfy additional requirements within the program. This includes applicants without the Honours BA, who may apply for admission to a the MA program, and applicants for the PhD who hold a Master's degree other than the MA in Political Science.

Admission Requirements Checklist

Students are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Candidates must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. An honours BA or equivalent is the admission requirement for the MA program, and an MA is the normal admission requirement for the PhD program.

In addition to the online application, the following additional materials must be submitted electronically (PDF format) to the Department of Political Science. These materials will assist with our admission decision:

Master of Art (MA)

  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.7 (A-) in the last 60 credit hours of study or last two years for international students. Degree granted by a University of recognized standing
  • Official TOEFL test score/ IELTS (unless medium of instruction has been in English for the past 2 years, a letter of attestation will be required) Where required, English proficiency as evidenced by internet based TOEFL score of 92, written TOEFL score of 580 or IELTS score of 7.0.
  • Official Transcripts (BA, Diplomas) – Electronic* (see below for more information)
  • Three Academic References - Electronic* (see below for more information)
  • Resume/CV
  • Sample of written work (generally 10-20 pages)
  • Statement of research interest (normally one page single-spaced)
  • Personal statement telling us about your background (normally one page single-spaced)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Thesis based master’s degree or its equivalent
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.7 (A-) in the last 60 credit hours of study or last two years for international students. Degree granted by a University of recognized standing
  • Official TOEFL test score/ IELTS (unless medium of instruction has been in English for the past 2 years, a letter of attestation will be required) Where required, English proficiency as evidenced by internet based TOEFL score of 92, written TOEFL score of 580 or IELTS score of 7.0.
  • Official Transcripts (MA, BA, Diplomas) – Electronic* (see below for more information)
  • Three Academic References - Electronic* (see below for more information)
  • Resume/CV
  • Sample of written work (generally 10-20 pages)
  • Statement of research interest (normally one page single-spaced)
  • Personal statement telling us about your background (normally one page single-spaced)

You can email us your resume, sample of written work, personal statement, statement of research interests and english procificency letter (if applicable).

All transcripts must be sent directly from your institution to the department by email to psgrad@dal.ca by no later than December 1st, 2021 for funding consideration. Our final deadline January 31st, 2022.

Transcripts MUST also be sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at graduate.studies@dal.ca. Please see below for more information.

Please be advised that funding is not guaranteed for applications processed after December 1st, 2021. 

Department of Political Science
Attention Graduate Program Secretary
Dalhousie University
6299 South St, Rm 301
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, Canada, B3H 4R2

The online application form and registration requirements can be accessed from the Registrar's Office web page.

For financial information on attending Dalhousie University please visit Money Matters.

International Students

International Students should check out the international fellowships and exchanges listed at the DFAIT site. They can also consider such sources as Commonwealth Scholarships. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate a minimum TOEFL score of 600, or the equivalent score on a comparable test.

We strongly recommend that any student considering applying from out of country visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies International Student Website.

 

Faculty of Graduate Studies - Supporting Document Submission Processes

For application purposes, unofficial academic transcripts and degree certificates (if degree conferral not stated on transcripts) are required for each post-secondary institution attended. Please email the department you are applying to an unofficial copy of your transcripts. Transcripts should include your first and last name, degree and program type and name of degree issuing university. 

Should you be accepted for admission to your program of choice, all official and final transcripts will be required for each post-secondary institution attended. They will be required within 90 days of the start of your program. Ways to provide official transcripts for newly admitted students are described below. If you only completed a course(s) at a university or post-secondary institution, official transcripts are required as well.

Transcript submission from newly-accepted students:

For students that have been accepted to Dalhousie University for September 2021 and January 2022, you can send your final and official transcripts, stating degree completion, to the Faculty of Graduate Studies in any of the ways provided below:

  • Electronic file-transfers from the issuing institution and from services such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScript-Safe, or TranscriptsNetwork. Electronic transcripts are to be sent to graduate.studies@dal.ca. 
  • PDFs sent by email directly from the issuing institution. These emailed transcripts are to be sent to graduate.studies@dal.ca.  
  • While official e-copies of your transcripts are preferred, as of August 30, 2021, official paper copies can be mailed to:

    Faculty of Graduate Studies
    Room 314, Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building
    6299 South Street
    PO Box 15000
    Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2

If you are unable to have your official transcripts sent from the issuing institution, you may email an unofficial copy of your transcripts to graduate.studies@dal.ca. This email should be sent from your official Dalhousie email account. You may be required to provide proof of the inability for the issuing institution to send documents directly. Transcripts must include your first and last name, degree and program type, name of degree issuing university and date of degree completion. Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted.

Your final transcripts will be required within 90 days of the start of your program.

*Note that FGS reserves the right to verify the validity of all documents provided, as well as the inability of an issuing institution to issue documents.  

Important transcript details:

  • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript.
  • Notarized copies of transcripts are not permitted.
  • Degree and graduation certificates must be included if the transcript does not indicate the type of degree and date granted.
  • Transcripts submitted with applications become the property of Dalhousie University, are subject to verification, are not available for copying and will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Official transcripts are not required for any courses or degrees you have completed at Dalhousie University.

ESL test scores:  

Going forward, applicants will send verifiable ESL test results as PDF documents to graduate.studies@dal.ca. The applicant must request their testing centre make their results available to Dalhousie University. FGS will contact testing centres to verify the results. Students will not be able to register for classes until their ESL scores are verified.    

Reference letters: 

If using the e-reference system, make sure to have the email addresses of your referees ready to list when completing the online application. Dalhousie University will only accept university, teaching hospital, and government email addresses (i.e. not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, or business addresses). Please allow 5 business days for your referee(s) to be contacted by our system. If you made an error in the submission of an email address, please contact eref@dal.ca.