Admission Requirements

The Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University invites applications from qualified students for its MA and PhD programs. Before applying to one of our Graduate programs in political science, please contact us at psgrad@dal.ca or contact the graduate coordinator Katherine Fierlbeck.

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 by post or courier 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) – Two original copies required
  • Three Academic References
  • Resume/CV
  • Sample of written work
  • Statement of research interest
  • Personal statement telling us about your background

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) – Two original copies required
  • Three Academic References
  • Resume/CV
  • Sample of written work
  • Statement of research interest
  • Personal statement telling us about your background

All of the above supporting documents must be sent by regular post or courier to the Department of Political Science by no later than January 31st. 

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.