University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

Political Science

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Program Information

School:University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Political Science and Government, General
Description:The Department of Political Science offers three programs of study leading to the Master of Arts degree. Graduate students in the Department of Political Science are accepted into one of the following programs: the General Master of Arts in Political Science; the Collaborative Master of Arts program in International Development Studies (CIDS); or the Guelph-McMaster Collaborative Master of Arts Program in Public Policy and Administration (The G-M Program).

Graduates of the General Master of Arts in Political Science are engaged in a wide range of careers in academia, government, and industry. Graduates of the Guelph-McMaster program enjoy successful careers in the public services of Canada, Ontario, and other provinces, as well as local governments, and pursue careers in the private sector as well as the non-profit sector. A number of graduates have pursued Ph.D.s and now teach in universities and colleges. CIDS graduates hold positions in government in Canada and abroad with non-government organizations (NGOs), international organizations, and private consultancies. Many also enter Ph.D. programs.
URL:Political Science at University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies
Length:2 Year(s)
Careers:LegislatorsIntelligence OfficersProgram Officers Unique to Government

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Admission Requirements: The department requires a MA degree in Political Science with a minimum B+ (77-79%) Grade Point Average on their BA. A methodology course is necessary for admission to the graduate program. Students not satisfying this requirement may be admitted with the provision that it be satisfied by completing the requisite extra course. Students are also expected to have an adequate working knowledge of a language in addition to English if that is needed for their particular course of study. Students with a MA in a field of Social Science other than Political Science are also encouraged to apply. If accepted, they will be expected to successfully complete additional qualifying courses during their first two semesters in the program.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 89] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Two academic letters of reference.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on August 21, 2012