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. 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 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
  • 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) – Electronic* (see below for more information)
  • Three Academic References - Electronic* (see below for more information)
  • Resume/CV
  • Sample of written work
  • Statement of research interest
  • Personal statement telling us about your background

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, 2020 for funding consideration. Our final deadline January 31st, 2021.

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, 2020. 

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

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) is introducing new requirements for supporting documents to ensure qualified graduate students can gain admission and continue to study at Dalhousie. Most importantly, FGS will not require paper-based documents to support any application between January 2020 and May 2021.  

Students accepted for admission in terms from January 2020 to May 2021 and who submitted final but unofficial documents with their application will no longer be required to follow up with paper versions of these documents.  

Going forward, FGS will ask that students not send paper-based documents through the mail. If a department has already received paper documents, FGS will accept scanned copies sent by the department to graduate.studies@dal.ca. They will be considered official.   

Transcripts: 

FGS will now accept final transcripts the following ways, and anticipate departments will also follow these guidelines for new admissions where possible: 

  • 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.  
  • Attachments directly from the applicant, preferably from their Dal email account where possible. This is an exception only available when an issuing institution is unable to provide the documents. Proof of this inability may be required. 

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

As always, final transcripts are due 90 days after the start of term. All final transcripts must include: 

  • Student first name and last name as represented in Banner and Dal Online. 
  • Degree and program.  
  • Degree conferral date. If the date is not on transcripts student will need to email a copy of the degree certificate from degree issuing 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: 

FGS no longer requires original copies of letters that were not received through the e-reference system. We have full confidence in our departments’ verification processes for these letters. If there are letters you can’t verify, please let us know