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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 21, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Political Science (MA)

Program Website

Dr. Jason Roy, Program Coordinator
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The MA in political science provides students with knowledge of central theoretical debates in political science; and introduces them to the logic of research design and methodology. Our program is known for the opportunities we provide for students to work closely with active research faculty in their field. Laurier is well known at the undergraduate level for its small classes and the accessibility of its faculty but this is even more the case at the graduate level, where the ratio of faculty to master's students is effectively one-to-one. Whether in classes, through supervision of your research projects, as a teaching assistant, or as a research assistant, students are in frequent and direct contact with faculty members who share similar research interests. We believe this level of engagement makes for an effective and memorable learning experience.

Program Details

Duration of Program
8-12 months
Program Options

courses only
courses with MRP
courses with thesis

Canadian political studies; comparative politics/international relations; public opinion and electoral studies
For more information on the program requirements

Entrance Requirements

 Minimum Standing
Honours BA in Political Science or related field


Application Deadline

Start Date
Application Due
January 15 for first consideration; applications will be accepted until the program is full.


Eligible students admitted to study on a full-time basis for each year of study are given a competitive funding package.

Guaranteed minimum financial support: $13,000

Such support may be made up of:

  • teaching assistantships,
  • internal and/or external scholarship awards,
  • research assistantships,
  • studentships.

Major award holders (OGS, CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) are eligible for the Dean's Scholarship, valued at up to $7,500.

Consult the academic program for further details.


Tuition is charged each term. Miscellaneous fees may be charged where applicable.


We encourage students to contact the department and speak with the program coordinator to discuss the program and make sure students have the necessary background before applying to the program.