What will I learn?

The School of Political Studies offers graduate programs leading to the Graduate Diploma in Public Management and Governance, and to the degrees of Master of Arts (MA) and PhD in Political Science. The MA program is offered both full- and part-time whereas the PhD program is offered full-time only. The programs are offered in French and English.

Three options are available for the MA: the MA with thesis, the MA with research paper and the MA with research paper and coop option.

It is possible to follow the Master’s or the PhD program exclusively in French.

Students who enroll in their program in French (MA or PhD) must take the majority of their courses in French:

Master’s with Thesis: students must take at least three of their required courses in French.
Master’s with Major Research Paper (with or without the coop option): students must take at least four of their required courses in French.
PhD: students must take at least three courses in French.

Students who enroll in their program in English (MA or PhD) must take and pass at least one of their required courses in French.

All students are permitted to hand in their assignments in French or in English. At the time of admission, students must have an active knowledge of French and a passive understanding of English. French is the working language of the School’s meetings, including those of the graduate students’ association, and in the School’s internal communications.

The department participates in the collaborative programs in Feminist and Gender Studies (at the MA level), in Environmental Sustainability (at the MA level) and in Canadian Studies (at the PhD level).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$25,719.09 (US$ 20,176) per year
CAN $8,573.03 per term

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

Start date

10 January 2022


University of Ottawa

75 Laurier Avenue East,


Ontario (ON),

K1N 6N5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hold an honours bachelor’s degree (4 years) with an average of 70%, or B (calculated using your last 20 courses). TOEFL (paper-based) 550, TOEFL (Internet-based) 79, IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual skills 5.0.

For international students

The following are minimum requirements for admission to the master’s program. Meeting these minimal requirements alone does not guarantee acceptance. The School of Political Studies also takes into account the number of places available and the student’s aptitude for higher level research.

Students who have a BA with honours in Political Science or its equivalent with a minimum average of 70 % (B), calculated in accordance with graduate studies guidelines, may be admitted directly to the MA program.

Students who do not have a BA with honours in Political Science, but who have a BA with a minor in Political Science or a BA in a related discipline, and a minimum average of 75% (B +), may be accepted for a qualifying year, the content of which will be decided in consultation with the director of graduate studies in the political science.

TOEFL 580 / IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual 6.0 (Paper-based)
TOEFL 92-93/IELTS 6.5 overall – Individual 6.0 (Internet-based)

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


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