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What will I learn?

The Department of Political Studies offers thesis-based and project-based master’s degree programs with emphasis in the fields of Canadian government and politics, Northern politics and policy, political thought, public policy, governance of voluntary organizations, international relations or comparative politics, particularly the politics of developing countries. In addition, these programs are designed to allow students to graduate within one academic year.

The Thesis program includes a four course requirement and a 75-page thesis. The Course based program requires 6 courses and a major research paper.

In comparison to graduate programs at other Canadian universities, this one is relatively small. Only 10-12 new graduate students are admitted each year. As a result, more time and attention is given to student concerns, especially to the planning of each student's course of study. Greater coordination is achieved among faculty in order to provide the desired courses and there is closer contact between students and faculty both in course and thesis work.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$8,096.13 (US$ 6,100) per year
CAN $2,698.71 per term
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Science

University of Saskatchewan,

Room 265 Arts, 9 Campus Drive,

Saskatoon,

Saskatchewan (SK),

S7N 5A5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, OR, A three-year first cycle undergraduate degree, in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, from an institution that meets the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration, will be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate honours degree. A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (e.g. 60 credit units U of S equivalent). Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Fully qualified: Overall score of 86 with minimum scores of 19 in each area; IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Fully qualified: Overall score of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in each area; CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees): Fully qualified: Overall score of 4.5 with minimum scores of 4.5 in each area; PTE (Pearson Test of English): Fully qualified: Overall score of 63 with minimum scores of 59 in each area; University of Regina: Intensive ESL Advanced Level (ESL 50)l Plus completion of Academic Writing Elective A - Minimum score of 60% ; U-PREP 2: University Preparation 2 from the U of S Language Centre - Minimum score of 75% ; CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language): Minimum score of 70%, with minimum individual scores of 60

For international students

A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study

A minimum Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% for the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units)

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Fully qualified: Overall score of 86 with minimum scores of 19 in each area

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Fully qualified: Overall score of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in each area

CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)

Fully qualified: Overall score of 4.5 with minimum scores of 4.5 in each area.

PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Fully qualified: Overall score of 63 with minimum scores of 59 in each area.

University of Regina

Intensive ESL Advanced Level (ESL 50)l Plus completion of Academic Writing Elective A

Minimum score of 60%

U-PREP 2

University Preparation 2 from the U of S Language Centre

Minimum score of 75%

CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)

Minimum score of 70%, with minimum individual scores of 60

The deadline for applications is April 1.

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

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