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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 23, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Program Requirements and Options*



Our one-year program offers a variety of options to fulfill program requirements. Students may choose a course-work only option, consisting of eight half credit courses, or students may choose to undertake a Major Research Project, in addition to six half credit courses. There are four options to complete the Major Research Project: the journal article option, masterís research paper, public opinion project, or a policy analysis project. All students must complete the two core courses: PO601 The Craft of Political Science and PO602 Applied Political Analysis.

Other course requirements:

  • Students wishing to complete the policy analysis project must take PO604 Understanding and Applying Public Policy Analysis
  • Students wishing to complete the public opinion project must take PO633 Public Opinion and Survey Design

Program options:

There are five options for completing the MA degree:

  • Course option: PO601 The Craft of Political Science; PO602 Applied Political Analysis, and six half-credit courses
  • Journal article option: PO601 The Craft of Political Science; PO602 Applied Political Analysis, and six half-credit courses
  • Masterís research paper: PO601 The Craft of Political Science; PO602 Applied Political Analysis, and six half-credit courses
  • Policy analysis project: PO601 The Craft of Political Science; PO602 Applied Political Analysis; PO604 Understanding and Applying Public Policy Analysis, and five half-credit courses
  • Public opinion project: PO601 The Craft of Political Science; PO602 Applied Political Analysis; PO633 Public Opinion and Survey Design, and five half-credit courses

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:

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*Pending final Senate approval.