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Collaborative Program in Political Thought

Students interested in the Collaborative Program in Political Thought are encouraged to contact the contributing departments (contact information below) to determine which Department is best aligned with their academic and research interests. 

Program Contacts

Judy Vanhooser
Graduate Assistant
Department of Philosophy
Watson Hall, Room 312
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.2182



Dianne Flint


Department of Political Studies

Macintosh-Corry Hall, Room C321

68 University Avenue, Kingston, ON, Canada

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 77452










Program Overview

The Collaborative Master’s Program in Political Thought builds on the strengths of the contributing departments and the expertise of faculty members to develop a specialist MA graduate with interests in:

  • the analysis of basic normative concepts such as justice, equality, liberty, authority and legitimacy;
  • the elaboration of concepts in philosophies such as liberalism, libertarianism, Marxism and feminism; and the historical development of these ideas in the relevant intellectual traditions; and
  • the application of the concepts listed above to current problems of law and policy such as trade, immigration, and religious accommodation. 
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A. (specialisation in Poltical Thought) - 12 months

Method of Completion

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.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Student seeking to enrol in the Collaborative Program in Political Thought must be accepted in either the Graduate Program in Political Studies ( ) or the Graduate Program in Philosophy ( ). 

Information about admission requirements, curriculum and funding can be found by clicking on the links above.

We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (SSHRC, OGS, etc.). Our students often recieve 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

Refer to your home program

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 he minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

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Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - Philosophy - M.A., M.A (specialisation in Political Thought (24KB)

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