Department of Political Studies


Political Studies

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Master of Arts

We offer a twelve-month MA in Political Studies, and an MA with a specialization in Political and Legal Thought.

We offer the MA in five main areas of the discipline: 

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

The objective of our MA in Political Studies 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. We also support an exchange opportunity.

We accept approximately 20 students into our MA program each year. Applicants must have a 4-year undergraduate degree in political science or equivalent, minimum B+ average. 

The MA Program in Political and Legal Thought is a 12-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 in the Collaborative Program complete 4 term-length courses in the field of Political Thought (out of a total of 6 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.

MA Handbook (PDF, 177KB)
Degree Level Expectations - M.A, M.A (specialization in Political Thought) (284 KB)


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


Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen Exchange

The department has an exchange agreement with the Universitat der Bundeshwehr Munchen. Two MA students spend the Fall Term (October-December) in Munich, taking three courses. Queen's Tuition covers the cost of studies. The hosts will also provide accommodation for the visiting students. More information on the university can be found on their website: 

Students interested in being considered for the exchange, should contact the Graduate Assistant in the Department of Political Studies.