Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Admission Requirements

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at The University of Western Ontario coordinates the admission process with each of the graduate programs selecting and admitting prospective students to graduate study. Please review this information to ensure you are prepared with the knowledge necessary to succeed in your educational pursuits.

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Master's Program

Minimum Requirements

For admission to Master's (MA) programs at Western, applicants must possess a four-year degree from an accredited university. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requires at least a 70% average across courses taken in the last two full-time years of the undergraduate degree. Equivalent qualifications may be considered based on the standards of the discipline or profession.

Standards of the Political Science Discipline - Applicants to the MA program in Political Science must have a 78% average or equivalent grade point average in all courses taken within the final two years of an honors degree in Political Science.

Doctoral Program

Minimum Requirements

For admission to Doctoral programs at Western, applicants must possess a Master's degree or equivalent from a university, college or institute, and provide evidence of research potential.

The Graduate Committee is very selective in PhD admission. The requirement for admission is an MA in Political Science with superior standing. Applicants to the PhD program must have a first class standing in a recognized MA program, excellent references and a statement of research interest that demonstrates compatibility with the strengths and supervisory capacity of our department.

All applicants are required to submit a sample of their written work.