The primary goal of our doctoral program is to prepare students for a career in university teaching and research. Graduates of our program are expected to have acquired autonomy in conducting research and making the results of that research public.
We also seek to provide a strong foundation for the pursuit of a scholarly teaching career. We offer the doctorate in five main areas of the discipline: Canadian politics, comparative politics, gender and politics, international relations, and political theory. Our PhD program requires successful completion of six one-term courses, a second-language examination, field examinations in two fields, and the presentation and defence of a Ph.D. dissertation.
The doctoral program is designed to be completed in four years; our average completion time is just over five years.
We accept between four and seven candidates into the doctoral program each year. Applicants must have an A- average in a Master's degree in political science, or equivalent.
Students who are accepted for doctoral studies are guaranteed a competitive package of financial assistance. We also have an excellent track record of securing external scholarship support.
For further information, check out the PhD Handbook (PDF*, 422.22 KB) (updated November 2013)
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