Department of Political Studies


Political Studies

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Graduate Studies

The Department of Political Studies at Queen's University has long been known for its graduate programs. We are small enough to provide our students with a highly personalized graduate experience, and our faculty is sufficiently strong, diverse, and well-known that we can provide a well-rounded education that gives our graduates a strong basis for a wide range of careers.The department is particularly well known for its strength in the study of divided and diverse societies as well as peace, conflict and security.

Our MA program will help you refine your critical and analytical skills, while our PhD program will help you prepare for a rewarding career in university teaching and research.

Why Study at Queen's?


We offer both the MA and PhD degrees in all the key fields of Canadian political science: Canadian politicscomparative politicsgender and politicsinternational relations, and political theory.


Choosing Queen's for your graduate studies means that you will be at an institution that has consistently been rated in the top Canadian universities. As a research-intensive university, Queen's has exceptionally well-endowed facilities, and is deeply committed to excellence in graduate work. Graduate students are provided with office space and a competitive package of financial support.


Our faculty are well renowned for their cutting edge research. The Department is affiliated with three excellent Research Centres based at Queen's and actively promotes student-led research initiatives throughout the Queen's community such as the Cross-Disciplinary MCDP Workshop Series. We are also home to the Laboratory for Ethnic Conflict Research, which seeks to promote collaborative research and increase research opportunities for our graduate students.


Our graduates can be found in government, non-government organizations, firms, and universities across Canada and around the world.

Additional Opportunities

The department subsidizes the participation of PhD students in a summer training school hosted by the Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods (CQRM) in Syracuse and in the biannual International Summer Research Institute on the politics of diverse and fragmented societies. Students can also acquire funding subsidies for participation in conferences, nationally and internationally, through the School of Graduate Studies.


Kingston offers a pleasant environment in which to spend time completing graduate work. As the former capital of the united provinces of Canada, it has an attractive downtown core with a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. The city is well-connected to other major centres: from Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, Kingston can easily be reached by highway, train, bus and air.

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    Upon setting foot in the Department, I found an open and supportive community of graduate students, as well as a genuinely helpful and caring faculty. The almost daily contact with fellow graduate students and faculty forced me to stay focused on research and helped me to complete the dissertation in a timely manner. Moreover, in terms of teaching, Queen’s University attracts some of the best undergraduate students in the country, which made for engaging and stimulating discussion during tutorials and classes.

    —Rémi Léger, PhD, alumni

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    I have truly enjoyed graduate studies at Queen’s.  While Political Studies hosts a number of internationally well-known scholars, it is also small enough to allow for meaningful collaboration between faculty and students and among graduate students.  For those of us interested in studying issues of minority accommodation, nationalism and democratization, or conflict and conflict resolution, the opportunities this department offers for structured and collaborative learning are just unique.

    —Sara Pavan, PhD, candidate