MA Political Science
The requirement for admission to the MA is an honors degree in Political Science (4 year) with high standing. A student must currently have an average of at least a B+ (78%), this could increase to an A (80%), or equivalent grade point average in all courses taken within the final two years of his/her undergraduate work.
The Department of Political Science offers the MA degree in the following fields:
- Political Theory
- Canadian Politics
- Comparative Politics
- Local Government
- International Relations
The MA program offers high quality courses in these main areas of political science, but it is distinctive. In the required course on ‘Scope and Methods in Political Science’, students explicitly focus on the various ways of doing political research.
As well, all of our MA candidates are employed as Teaching Assistants. They are mentored throughout the entire TA experience, developing very marketable teaching skills.
Why Pursue a Graduate Degree?
- A graduate degree increases your competitiveness in the job market
- Unemployment rates are historically lowest among those with graduate degrees
- Average weekly income is highest among those who hold graduate degrees
- 35% more master's and PhD graduates will be required over the next decade
- Graduate degrees help keep training and skills current, increasing eligibility for career advancement.
MA Program Requirements
Our full-time MA program takes one calendar year (three terms) to complete, September admission only. There are two ways to complete the requirements. The first term requirements are the same for both options. Second term requirements differ depending on your chosen option.
i. The thesis option
This option requires three first-term courses, including ‘Politics 9501a: MA Scope & Methods of Political Science’, and at least one core course; an overall first-term average of 83% must be achieved. In the second term, students register for one further core course. The thesis is a piece of independent research of approximately 80-100 pages, to be completed and defended in an oral examination.
ii. The coursework option
This option also requires three first-term courses, including ‘Politics 9501a: MA Scope & Methods of Political Science’, and at least one core course. In the second term, it requires three further courses, including and at least one further core course. In the third term, students register for 'Politics 9580: Major Research Paper', a critical literature review of approximately 50 pages.
Summary of Degree Requirements
For ALL MA students
Graduate Career and Professional Development Services
As graduate students in the Department of Political Science, Western offers you its Graduate Student 360' Professional Development initiative, which has resulted from collaboration between the School of Graduate and postdoctoral Studies and Western's Teaching Support Centre. The initiative will bring you such events as the Graduate Writing Conference, Graduate Career Days, and Graduate Student Conferences on Teaching & Orientation for Teaching Assistants. See grad.uwo.ca/360