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What will I learn?

Our location in Ottawa provides you with numerous chances to see politics not only nationally but internationally. You will examine such topics of study as international relations, transitions to democracy, parties and elections, globalization and social movements, and the culture and ideas of politics. You can focus on one of eight areas of study: Canadian Politics; Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Global North); Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Global South); Gender and Politics; International Relations; North American Politics; Political Theory; and Public Affairs and Policy Analysis.

International or local exchanges are an exciting possibility during your third year, and you may also choose to undertake an internship of your choosing, with permission of the undergraduate supervisor. In fourth year, an internship with the Washington Center is an option for consideration.

The Carleton Advantage

You will study at one of the most well-known Political Science departments in the country, ideally situated in Canada’s national capital.

Studying in the nation’s capital offers a huge advantage to political science students. Political Science faculty, instructors, and classroom visitors share their expertise from careers in national and international arenas.

You will have the opportunity for Co-operative Education (Coop) or an internship on Parliament Hill, with nongovernmental agencies, embassies, the public service and more.

The program can lead you to a variety of career paths in fields such as government, education, consulting, and law.

Career paths: Foreign Service; government; lobbying and consulting; non-profit sector; politics; polling and research

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Public Affairs

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$29,022.88 (US$ 23,092) per year
Given tuition fee is for International

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Faculty of Public Affairs

D391, Loeb Building,

1125 Colonel By Drive,

OTTAWA,

Ontario (ON),

K1S 5B6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school graduation is the normal minimum level of study to be considered for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program at Carleton University. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to undergraduate degree programs. Applicants must need the full IB diploma (three subsidiary [SL] and three higher level [HL] subjects), with a minimum of 28 points (please note that some programs are more competitive, so will require higher scores). Applicants may have one subject with a grade of 3, provided it is offset by a grade of 5 or better. Prerequisite subjects must have a grade of 4 or better. Early/conditional offers may be available with predicted results. IB students may be awarded advanced standing (transfer) credit for HL subjects with a grade of 5 or better subject to the discretion of the appropriate faculty, to a maximum of 3.0 credits. English language requirement: Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Minimum score of 70 overall with a minimum score of 60 on each band; Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL: 86 (22 in writing and speaking, 20 reading and listening); IELTS (Academic): 6.5 IELTS (min 6.0 each band); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 60 (min 60 in each Communicative Skill); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85 (min. score of 80 on each section).

For international students

High school graduation is the normal minimum level of study to be considered for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program at Carleton University. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to undergraduate degree program.

Entry requirements vary country by country.

Students with scores shown in below may be admitted with English as a Second Language Requirement (ESLR). When they first start in their program, these students will be required to take our ESL Foundation courses along with a limited number of courses from their degree program. This admission with an ESLR allows students to earn academic credits from degree courses taken while completing the English requirements.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall score between 40 and 69 (with a minimum score in each band of 30 and a minimum average of 40 over writing, reading, and listening)

Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL - 61-85 (min 15 each section)

IELTS (Academic) - 5.0 – 6.4 (min 4.5 each band and the average of writing plus reading plus listening divided by 3 must be a min. of 5)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - N/A

TOEFL ITP Plus (*temporary testing solution for China during Covid19) - Minimum score between 543 and 626 overall, with a minimum subtest score of 53

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Carleton University

Students at Carleton University experience immersive learning through degree-related work experience, hands-on research, and community engagement.

  • Located in a beautiful green space close to downtown Ottawa
  • Most programs offer co-op (paid work-study experience)
  • 14 per cent of students are international
  • Second most sustainable university in Canada

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