Interested in a MA?

Graduate Supervisor Brian Schmidt talks about the unique opportunities available with our MA program, including co-op, and the Dual MA with the University of Lucerne.

Interested in a PhD?

The video describes some of the unique features of our PhD program and highlights the strengths of our Department that make it an excellent choice for students to pursue a doctorate in political science at Carleton University.

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Why Carleton?

Our department is large enough to provide a wide range of learning opportunities, but small enough for individual students to find a supportive community of scholars. Carleton benefits from proximity to Parliament, government departments, embassies, and non-governmental organizations.
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Our Programs

Carleton’s Department of Political Science is among the largest and most respected programs in Canada, and our location in the nation’s capital provides you with ample study resources and opportunities.We offer both an MA and a PhD program.

Our Faculty

Our faculty are active researchers who publish widely and are renowned in the fields of Canadian and Comparative Politics, Gender and Diversity, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Policy. They can provide you with the mentoring to develop your own research interests and skill sets.

Our Grad Students

Many of our graduate students present their work at conferences, participate in faculty research projects, and develop their teaching skills by serving as teaching assistants in undergraduate courses.

Real-World Experience

Through a wide range of programs, political science students also gain real-world experience as volunteers, interns, or in co-op placements, and can travel abroad to study. Additional options available to graduate students include the MA program in Political Science with a Specialization in African Studies, the Dual Master’s Degree Pathway in cooperation with the University of Lucerne (Switzerland), and the PhD program in Political Science with a specialization in Political Economy.


Our Graduate Office provides students with information on program and course requirements. Students are welcome to stop by during office hours to discuss questions or concerns they may have regarding their Political Science degree with the Graduate Program Administrator.

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