"I spent four and a half immensely enjoyable years in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. 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 attracts some of the best undergraduate students in the country , which made for engaging and stimulating discussion during tutorials and classes.”
Rémi Léger, Phd, 2012
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 are strong, diverse, and well recognized for their research so 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 ethnically divided and diverse societies. Our M.A. program will help you refine your crucial analytical skills, while our Ph.D. program will help you prepare for a rewarding career in university research and teaching as well as leadership roles in other sectors related to political studies.
Most of our students are offered teaching assistantship positions. We encourage our students to present papers at academic conferences, and we provide partial support for conference travel. Many of our faculty offer Research Assistantship opportunities. We also encourage and support our students in their field research, and our faculty help students with networking in Canadian and global academic and policy fields.
Career paths – employment opportunities
Our graduates can be found in government, non-governmental organizations, firms, and universities across Canada and around the world. They include:
- Academics - Queen's has an impressive placement record in the academic market. In the last few years, our graduates received tenure-track jobs at: U of Toronto (Mississauga); U of Waterloo; Guelph; Simon Fraser; St. Paul U (Ottawa); Western U; Memorial U; U of Alberta; U of New Brunswick; St. Mary’s University (Halifax); U of Auckland (New Zealand)
- Policy analysts
- Officers in international organisations
M.A.: 12 months, full time
Ph.D.: 4 years, full time
Method of Completion
M.A.: Course work and major research paper
M.A. (specialisation in Political Thought) - Students in the Collaborative Program will complete 4 term-length courses in the field of Political Thought (out of a total of 6 required courses) as well as complete a Major Research Paper in an area relevant to the specialization.
Ph.D.: Course work, second-language examination, field examinations in two fields, thesis proposal, thesis and defense
If you are applying for admission to the doctoral program, you should explain your research interests and proposed thesis topic and identify whom you hope to work with.” It is not required for MA applicants to secure a supervisor.
- Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Kyle Hanniman, Janet Hiebert, Jonathan Rose
- Grant Amyot, Catherine Conaghan, Zsuzsa Csergo, Oded Haklai, John McGarry, Phillip Wood
Gender and Politics
- Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Andrew Lister, Margaret Little, Eleanor MacDonald, Margaret Moore
- Wayne Cox, Andrew Grant, David Haglund, Kim Nossal, Susanne Soederberg, Stéfanie von Hlatky
- Colin Farrelly, Andrew Lister, Eleanor MacDonald, Margaret Moore
Basic Funding Package consists of Queen’s Graduate Award and Teaching Assistantships
Ph.D.: minimum $18,000 per year but often significantly higher to allow money for field research, RAships from supervisory research funds, support for methods training
We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (SSHRC, OGS, Trudeau, Vanier etc.). Our students often receive such external funding including scholarships through the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and internal awards. Our doctoral students have been honoured with the Trudeau Scholarship and the Vanier Scholarship. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a one time top-up award by Queen’s.
M.A.: Four (4) year undergraduate degree in political science, or an equivalent with an minimum B+ average
Ph.D.: M.A., political science, or an equivalent with a minimum A- average
English Language Requirement
For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 600 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: January 22.
Notification of Acceptance: Late March, early April
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