Program Requirements and Options
Graduate students may specialize in one of the following fields of study:
- Canadian Political Studies,
- Comparative Politics/International relations, or
- Public Opinion and Electoral Studies.
Individual study programs are flexibly tailored to personal research interests and faculty strengths. The faculty provides particular area expertise in North America, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
All students must enrol in two core seminars, one of which examines some of the central epistemological debates in contemporary social science in general, and political science in particular, and the second which introduces students to the logic of research design and methodology. In addition, students registered in public opinion and electoral studies stream are also required to take PO603 (advanced statistics for political scientists). All other courses in the program are organized as seminars and therefore include a significant research and presentation component. In each course, students will be required to complete at least one substantial research paper and to defend that paper during the seminar.
There are three options for completing the MA degree requirements:
- Coursework option: PO601, PO602, six half-credit courses.
- Thesis option: PO601, PO602, two half-credit courses, and PO699 (thesis).
- Major Research Paper option: PO601, PO602, four half-credit courses, and PO695 (major research paper).
Students may choose their electives from those courses offered by the Political Science MA program at Wilfrid Laurier University, or by another university (e.g., the University of Waterloo or the University of Guelph). Alternatively, with the approval of the graduate officer and the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, electives may be taken from a graduate program at any other department at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Students are advised to consult the following links to various sections of the current graduate calendar for information concerning the specified topics:
- Examinations & Course Requirements
- Degree Program Time Limits
- Inactive Status
- Adding and Dropping Courses
- Visiting Graduate Student Plan
- Academic Standing
- Academic Misconduct
- Deadlines for Completion of Course Work
- The current Graduate Studies Calendar
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- Canadian Political Studies option
- Comparative/International Relations option
- Public Opinion & Electoral Studies option