Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

MA Programs

The department offers two MA programs: a twelve-month MA in Political Studies and a twelve-month MA with a specialization in Political and Legal Thought.

MA in Political Studies

The department offers five fields of study within the MA in Political Studies program:

  • Canadian Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender and Politics
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory

In addition, the department has particular strengths in the study of divided and diverse societies as well as peace, conflict and security.

Applicants must have an Honours undergraduate degree in political science or equivalent and a minimum B+ average. Approximately 25 students are accepted into the MA in Political Studies program each year. The objective of the program is to refine and hone critical and analytical skills, primarily through course work and a major piece of written work. Completion of the MA in Political Studies at Queen's requires students to take six half-courses and complete a Master's Research Project by the end of the Spring/Summer term. 

Exchange Opportunity: Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen

The department has an exchange agreement with the Universitat der Bundeshwehr Munchen, which offers two MA students the opportunity to spend the Fall Term (October-December) in Munich. Queen's Tuition covers the cost of studies and the hosts will also provide accommodation for visiting students. More information on the university can be found on the Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen website

Students interested in being considered for the exchange, should contact Graduate Assistant Kristina Fennell

MA in Political and Legal Thought

The MA in Political and Legal Thought is a twelve-month collaborative graduate program that allows students to specialize in social, political, and legal theory by taking designated courses from Political Studies, Philosophy, and the Faculty of Law. 

Students complete four term-length courses in the field of Political Thought (out of a total of six required courses) as well as a Major Research Paper in an area relevant to the specialization. More information may be found on the School of Graduate Studies website.


All incoming MA students who are registered as full-time students are guaranteed a funding package. Typically this consists of Queen’s Graduate Award and Teaching Assistantships. We strongly encourage applicants to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (SSHRC, OGS, etc.). Our students often receive external funding including scholarships through the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and internal awards. Incoming graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a one time top-up award by Queen’s.

MA Handbook (PDF, 177KB)