Admission Requirements

The Political Science program requires a satisfactory achievement to meet our English language requirements (TOEFL or IELTS only):

Graduate - English Language Proficiency


Master's Program

Minimum Requirements

Standards of the Political Science Discipline - Applicants to the MA program in Political Science must have a 78% average, or equivalent grade point average, calculated by using 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.

While you are welcome to identify potential supervisors in your application, you are not required nor expected to secure a supervisor prior to applying to our program.  Choosing a supervisor should occur after you have entered the program, completed your coursework, and attended departmental seminars and workshops.  In fact, many students come into the program thinking they will work on a particular topic, but after taking courses and attending seminars and workshops, they focus on other topics instead.