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Graduate Studies

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Graduate Studies


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Political Studies


"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

Program Contact

Dianne Flint
Graduate Assistant
Department of Political Studies
Macintosh-Corry Hall, Room C321
68 University Avenue, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 77452


Program Overview

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. 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 teaching and research.


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
  • Policy analysts
  • Officers in international organisations
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A.: 12 months, full time

M.A. (specialisation in Political Thought) - 12 months, full time

Ph.D.: 4 years, full time

Method of Completion

M.A.: Course work and research project

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 areas relevant to the specialization.

Ph.D.: Course work, second-language examination, field examinations in two fields, thesis proposal, thesis and defense

Fields of study and Supervisors

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.

Canadian Politics

  • Keith Banting, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Janet Hiebert, Jonathan Rose

Comparative Politics

  • Grant Amyot, Keith Banting, Catherine Conaghan, Zsuzsa Csergo, Oded Haklai, John McGarry, Susanne Soederberg, Phillip Wood

Gender and Politics

  • Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Andrew Lister, Margaret Little, Eleanor MacDonald, Margaret Moore

International Relations

  • Wayne Cox, Andrew Grant, David Haglund, Kim Nossal, Charles Pentland, Susanne Soederberg, Stéfanie von Hlatky

Political Theory

  • Colin Farrelly, Andrew Lister, Eleanor MacDonald, Margaret Moore
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Basic Funding Package consists of Queen’s Graduate Award and Teaching Assistantships

Ph.D.: minimum $18,000 per year

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. 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.

Academic Prerequisites

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 an 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


Learning Outcomes & Program Milestones

Degree Level Expectations - M.A, M.A (specialisation in Political Thought) (29 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - PhD (99 KB)

Program Milestones  (396 KB)

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