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 is sufficiently strong, diverse, and well-known 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 and analytical skills, while our Ph.D. program will help you prepare for a rewarding career in university teaching and research.
Application Deadline: January 22
Notification of acceptance is in late March, early April.
"I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my experience at Queen’s. The atmosphere in the Political Studies Department is comfortable, and I immediately felt as if I was at home. And while the program is competitive, the students work together collaboratively, the professors are helpful and we all treat each other with respect."
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.
Gender and Politics
Our graduates can be found in government, non-government organizations, firms, and universities across Canada and around the world. They include: professors; post-doctoral fellows; policy analysts; policy officers with the Department of National Defence; Associate Director, International Policy and Geo-Economics at the Centre for the Study of Presidency in Washington, D.C.
The basic funding package consists of Queen’s Graduate Awards and teaching assistantships.
Ph.D.: Minimum $18,000
Our students often receive external funding, including SSHRC and OGS awards, 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.
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.
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