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Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Hons.B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
High School Diploma or equivalent, with 6 Grade 12 U/M courses including English 4U. The anticipated cut-off required by Ontario High School applicants for admission (subject to change) to Social Sciences I is 75-78%.
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Honours Political Science Specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies (Hons.B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
High School Diploma or equivalent, with 6 Grade 12 U/M courses including English 4U. The anticipated cut-off required by Ontario High School applicants for admission to Social Sciences I is 75-78% (subject to change).
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
3 years
Required Credential:
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Minor in Justice, Law & Order (Minor)Degree Details

Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
Enrollment in any B.A. Honours program
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Minor in Political Science (Minor)Degree Details

Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
Enrollment in any B.A. Honours program
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Minor in Public Leadership (Minor)Degree Details

Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
Enrollment in any B.A. Honours program
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Master of Arts in Political Science (M.A.)Degree Details

Length:
1 year
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Science or related discipline
Program Type:
Thesis, Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Master of Arts in International Relations (M.A.)Degree Details

Length:
1 year
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Science or a related discipline
Program Type:
Course Based, Major Research Paper
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (Comparative Public Policy) (Ph.D.)Degree Details

Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Graduate Degree
Program Type:
Thesis, Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (International Relations) (Ph.D.)Degree Details

Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Graduate Degree
Program Type:
Thesis, Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Hons.B.A.Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

An undergraduate education in Political Science has traditionally led students into a number of directions, such as careers in government services (municipal, regional, provincial or federal), journalism, media and communications, support services for politicians (such as political assistants, consultants, and researchers), public affairs managers, and international organizations. Some graduates have continues their studies at professional schools, such a Law, Social Work, and Colleges of Education.

Whether you are thinking about taking Political Science as an undergraduate degree or only one course for interest you will find that our Department offers an undergraduate curriculum that is both diverse in scope and high in quality. Our programme allows you to learn about important issues such as democracy, development or war, while preparing you for a wide range of careers in government, law, business, education or the non-profit sector.

Our undergraduate students run a very successful McMaster Political Science Students Association (MPSSA) and participate in a range of activities such as the yearly Model United Nations event. Please explore these pages for further information and contact us if you have any questions.

The Department of Political Science at McMaster University offers specialization in various subfields including Political Theory, Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics of Developed and Developing Countries, International Relations, Public Law, and Public Policy.

  • Canadian Politics teaches students about Canadian Political Institutions such as Parliament or Federalism and politics around issues such as economic restructuring or the role of indigenous peoples.
  • Comparative Politics examines the domestic politics of other countries. We have courses that focus upon the politics of particular countries or regions (US, Europe, Asia, Latin America) as well as courses which examine a particular theme across a number of countries (social movements, multiculturalism, women and politics).
  • International Relations examines the relations between peoples of different countries. The focus can be on security, cultural or economic relations.
  • Political Theory investigates key theoretical texts and concepts in the field of Political Science. These can range from the work of ancient Greek philosophers to the latest in postmodern thought.
  • Public Policy examines how a range of government policies are designed or implemented. These policies can range from health to development 
  • Public law and judicial studies provides an overview of three bodies of public law – administrative, criminal and constitutional. It examines the historical, philosophical and theoretical aspects underlying constitutions, the rule of law, an independent judiciary, and interpretation and evolution of the Canadian Constitution and Canadian public law.

The Department's Level I (1AA3 and 1AB3) courses are the foundation courses for all Political Science programs at McMaster. We believe it is vital to introduce students to an understanding of the nature of politics, power and the institutions of political governance within countries and internationally. The instructor that teaches Political Science 1AA3 and1AB3 is among the Department's best. Following the first year, students can select courses from five fields: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Public Policy or International Relations.

Level 1

POL SCI 1AA3 and POL SCI 1AB3
Students wishing to major in Political Science must take POL SCI 1AA3 and 1AB3 (previously 1G06).

Level 2

POL SCI 2O06
POL SCI 2NN3
Up to 15 units of Level 2 Political Science (not including PS 2O06 or PS 2NN3)
At least one course must be from the Canadian Politics Field of Study

Second year courses are designed to give students a foundation in our five fields: Some of these course are prerequisites for third and fourth year classes, so make your choices carefully. Course descriptions are in the current Undergraduate Calendar.

Level 3

POL SCI 3NN3
Minimum of 9 units of Level 3 Political Science (not including PS 3NN3)

The third year offers a wide variety of courses that allow you to develop specialized knowledge in a particular subject. Course descriptions are in the current Undergraduate Calendar.

Study abroad usually takes place in your third year. The Political Science Department strongly encourages students to do a year abroad studying at a university in another country. Such visits can be life changing experiences as you are introduced to new courses, new faculty, new perspectives and new friends. Here is some information to get you started:

Who can go?

To be eligible you must:

  • be registered in an Honours or combined Honours program
  • have completed at least 60 units of work
  • have a Cumulative Average of at least 7.0.

Where can I go?

We have exchange agreements with universities in Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Japan. For a full list see:

What about money?

If you participate in an exchange, you should apply for a travel scholarship. Further details are available from the International Student Services Office and the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

What should I do?

  1. Attend one of the International Student Services Office Exchange Information Sessions. They are held in October, November and January. For more details, visit https://iss.mcmaster.ca/outgoing-mcmaster-students/exchange-information-sessions.html
  2. Gather information at these sessions so that you can discover your exchange options, application process, dates, deadlines, funding your exchange program and have other questions answered.
  3. Then make an appointment to discuss your exchange university choices and to develop a study plan with the Study Abroad Academic Advisor in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Kelli Cale, KTH, Room 129 calek@mcmaster.ca
  4. Contact the Department’s Internationalization Officer to let him know what your are doing so we can follow your progress (Robert O’Brien, obrienr@mcmster.ca)

Level 4

12 units of Level 4 Political Science
Students may take a maximum of 12 units of Level 4 Political Science. Additional units of Level 4 POL SCI courses may not be used towards electives

Regular Honours Political Science students are required to take any combination of fourth year Political Science courses to achieve a total of 12 units. As stated in the Undergraduate Calendar, "Students may take a maximum of 12 units of Level IV Political Science."

This requires completion of any Level I program with a GPA of at least 5.0. Students must have a grade of at least C in POLSCI 1G06 A/B or an average of at least 5.0 in POL SCI 1AA3 and 1AB3. For continuation in the program, see Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I in the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Regulations.

Students also have the option of pursuing a four year Combined Honours BA in Political Science and another subect. This requires completion of any Level I program with a GPA of at least 5.0. Students must have a grade of at least C in POLSCI 1G06 A/B or an average of at least 5.0 in POL SCI 1AA3 and 1AB3. It also requires satisfaction of the admission requirements for the Honours program in the other B.A. subject. For continuation in the program, see Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance are available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a(DELETE) has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

The Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

Established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke (Class of '88) and Leanna Clarke to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students at McMaster University who are - or wish to - advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.

Parliamentary Internship Programs

They should also follow the same formatting in terms of headings etc.  We should also list the awards provided by the Department under the first paragraph in the undergraduate scholarships – if an easily accessible list is available.  If not, then in the future we should.  This formatting should be replicated for each of the programs and minors.

Political Science Academic Advisors (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

Dr. Todd Alway – KTH 538
alwayto@mcmaster.ca

Dr. James Ingram – KTH 537
ingramj@mcmaster.ca

Undergraduate Chair (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

September – January
Dr. Greg Flynn – KTH 543
flynngl@mcmaster.ca

January – April
Dr. Lana Wylie – KTH 506
wyliel@mcmaster.ca 

POL SCI 4Z06 Coordinator (For Fall/Winter 2016-17)

Dr. Inder Marwah – KTH 540
marwahi@mcmaster.ca

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

POLSCI 1AA3 - Government, Politics, and Power
POLSCI 1AB3 - Politics and Power in a Globalizing World
POLSCI 2C03 - Force and Fear, Crime and Punishment
POLSCI 2D03 - Canadian Citizenship: Institutional Foundations
POLSCI 2F03 - Politics, Power and Influence in Canada
POLSCI 2H03 - Globalization and the State
POLSCI 2I03 - Global Politics
POLSCI 2J03 - Global Political Economy
POLSCI 2M03 - Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Nations
POLSCI 2NN3 - Politics by Design
POLSCI 2O06 A/B - Political Theory
POLSCI 2U03 - Public Policy and Administration
POLSCI 2XX3 - Politics of the Developing World
POLSCI 3B03 - Honours Issues in International Relations and Global Public Policy
POLSCI 3BB3 - Political Communication: Canada and the World
POLSCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
POLSCI 3CC3 - Political Authority: 20th-Century Political Theory
POLSCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North-South
POLSCI 3F03 - Contemporary Social Movements and Popular Coalitions
POLSCI 3FG3 - Public Service Leadership
POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
POLSCI 3GG3 - Federalism: Theoretical, Constitutional and Institutional Issues
POLSCI 3H03 - Honours Issues in Comparative Politics
POLSCI 3I03 - Topics in American Politics
POLSCI 3J03 - Honours Issues in Canadian Politics and Canadian Public Policy
POLSCI 3JJ3 - Provincial Politics in Canada
POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
POLSCI 3LA3 - Religion and Politics
POLSCI 3LB3 - Globalization and the World Order
POLSCI 3LC3 - Southeast Asian Politics
POLSCI 3LL3 - Development and Public Policy
POLSCI 3NN3 - Statistical Analysis of Primary Data
POLSCI 3NN6 A/B - Public Law
POLSCI 3PR3 - Practice of Politics
POLSCI 3Q03 - The Causes of War
POLSCI 3UU3 - Reading Course
POLSCI 3V03 - Women and Politics
POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
POLSCI 3X03 - Contemporary Security Issues
POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights
POLSCI 3Z03 - Canadian Public Sector: Implementation of Policies
POLSCI 4AA6 A/B - Problems In American Politics
POLSCI 4D06 A/B - Human Rights and International Politics
POLSCI 4EP3 - Environmental Policy
POLSCI 4FF3 - Rights and Justice
POLSCI 4G06 A/B - Politics of Public Policy
POLSCI 4GG3 - Conceptual Issues in Global Politics
POLSCI 4HH3 - Critical Theory
POLSCI 4JJ3 - Cosmopolitanism
POLSCI 4JS6 A/B - Politics and Judicial Studies
POLSCI 4KB3 - Non-Western International Relations
POLSCI 4KC3 - Comparative Democratization
POLSCI 4KD3 - Emotion and the Global Economy
POLSCI 4KK3 - Advanced Issues in Global Security
POLSCI 4NN3 - Studies in Global Political Economy
POLSCI 4O06 A/B - Canadian Public Policy
POLSCI 4Q06 A/B - Politics and Society in Latin America
POLSCI 4QQ3 - Issues in International Politics
POLSCI 4RR3 - Health Policy in the Industrialized World
POLSCI 4SS3 - Politics and Social Policy in the Developing World
POLSCI 4T06 A/B - Issues in Canadian Politics
POLSCI 4Y03 - Domination and Decolonization
POLSCI 4Z06 A/B - Honours Essay
POLSCI 4ZZ6 A/B - Experiential Learning in Research

For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24741
flynnrm@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
High School Diploma or equivalent, with 6 Grade 12 U/M courses including English 4U. The anticipated cut-off required by Ontario High School applicants for admission (subject to change) to Social Sciences I is 75-78%.
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
April

Hons.B.A.Honours Political Science Specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies

This specialization examines the role that constitutional, administrative, criminal, and international laws play in limiting or controlling the use of power by governments. It also critically examines the extent to which the judiciary and courts are key players.

The specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies builds on the same foundations of the Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science while providing a greater examination of the role of law in democratic systems.  In addition to the core courses in the specialization that focus on law and the judicial system, students will also have the opportunity to take courses from across the five sub-fields of political science, including Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics of Developed and Developing Nations, International Relations, Political Theory and Public Policy.  The specialization also permits students to explore courses in other areas of the Social Sciences, including Anthropology, Sociology, Economics and Labour Studies.

The specialization degree provides a strong foundation and is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a lawyer or in other law related occupations, wants a better understanding of the role that law plays in mediating power in our society, and in particular between the state and its citizens, or is interested in the formal legal apparatuses of the state.  

Level 1

POL SCI 1AA3 and POL SCI 1AB3
Students wishing to major in Political Science must take POL SCI 1AA3 and 1AB3 (previously 1G06).

Level 2

POL SCI 2O06
POL SCI 2D03
POL SCI 2C03
POL SCI 2NN3

Level 3

POL SCI 3NN3
POL SCI 3NN6

18 Units from the Public Law and Judicial Studies Course List
Public Law and Judicial Studies Course List

  • POLSCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
  • POLSCI 3CC3 - Political Authority: 20th-Century Political Theory
  • POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
  • POLSCI 3GG3 - Federalism: Theoretical, Constitutional and Institutional Issues
  • POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
  • POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
  • POLSCI 3V03 - Women and Politics
  • POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
  • POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights

Level 4

POL SCI 4JS6
6 units of Level 4 Political Science
Students may take a maximum of 12 units of Level 4 Political Science. Additional units of Level 4 POL SCI courses may not be used towards electives
Students may take a maximum of 6 units of Level 4 Political Science. Additional units of Level 4 POL SCI courses may not be used towards electives

Enrollment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement. Students must have a grade of at least C in POLSCI 1G06 A/B or an average of at least 5.0 in POL SCI 1AA3 and 1AB3. For continuation in the program, see Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I in the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Regulations.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance are available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a(DELETE) has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

The Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

Established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke (Class of '88) and Leanna Clarke to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students at McMaster University who are - or wish to - advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.

Parliamentary Internship Programs

They should also follow the same formatting in terms of headings etc.  We should also list the awards provided by the Department under the first paragraph in the undergraduate scholarships – if an easily accessible list is available.  If not, then in the future we should.  This formatting should be replicated for each of the programs and minors.

Political Science Academic Advisors (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

Dr. Todd Alway – KTH 538
alwayto@mcmaster.ca

Dr. James Ingram – KTH 537
ingramj@mcmaster.ca

Undergraduate Chair (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

September – January
Dr. Greg Flynn – KTH 543
flynngl@mcmaster.ca

January – April
Dr. Lana Wylie – KTH 506
wyliel@mcmaster.ca

POL SCI 4Z06 Coordinator (For Fall/Winter 2016-17)

Dr. Inder Marwah – KTH 540
marwahi@mcmaster.ca

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

POLSCI 1AA3 - Government, Politics, and Power
POLSCI 1AB3 - Politics and Power in a Globalizing World
POLSCI 2C03 - Force and Fear, Crime and Punishment
POLSCI 2D03 - Canadian Citizenship: Institutional Foundations
POLSCI 2F03 - Politics, Power and Influence in Canada
POLSCI 2H03 - Globalization and the State
POLSCI 2I03 - Global Politics
POLSCI 2J03 - Global Political Economy
POLSCI 2M03 - Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Nations
POLSCI 2NN3 - Politics by Design
POLSCI 2O06 A/B - Political Theory
POLSCI 2U03 - Public Policy and Administration
POLSCI 2XX3 - Politics of the Developing World
POLSCI 3B03 - Honours Issues in International Relations and Global Public Policy
POLSCI 3BB3 - Political Communication: Canada and the World
POLSCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
POLSCI 3CC3 - Political Authority: 20th-Century Political Theory
POLSCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North-South
POLSCI 3F03 - Contemporary Social Movements and Popular Coalitions
POLSCI 3FG3 - Public Service Leadership
POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
POLSCI 3GG3 - Federalism: Theoretical, Constitutional and Institutional Issues
POLSCI 3H03 - Honours Issues in Comparative Politics
POLSCI 3I03 - Topics in American Politics
POLSCI 3J03 - Honours Issues in Canadian Politics and Canadian Public Policy
POLSCI 3JJ3 - Provincial Politics in Canada
POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
POLSCI 3LA3 - Religion and Politics
POLSCI 3LB3 - Globalization and the World Order
POLSCI 3LC3 - Southeast Asian Politics
POLSCI 3LL3 - Development and Public Policy
POLSCI 3NN3 - Statistical Analysis of Primary Data
POLSCI 3NN6 A/B - Public Law
POLSCI 3PR3 - Practice of Politics
POLSCI 3Q03 - The Causes of War
POLSCI 3UU3 - Reading Course
POLSCI 3V03 - Women and Politics
POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
POLSCI 3X03 - Contemporary Security Issues
POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights
POLSCI 3Z03 - Canadian Public Sector: Implementation of Policies
POLSCI 4AA6 A/B - Problems In American Politics
POLSCI 4D06 A/B - Human Rights and International Politics
POLSCI 4EP3 - Environmental Policy
POLSCI 4FF3 - Rights and Justice
POLSCI 4G06 A/B - Politics of Public Policy
POLSCI 4GG3 - Conceptual Issues in Global Politics
POLSCI 4HH3 - Critical Theory
POLSCI 4JJ3 - Cosmopolitanism
POLSCI 4JS6 A/B - Politics and Judicial Studies
POLSCI 4KB3 - Non-Western International Relations
POLSCI 4KC3 - Comparative Democratization
POLSCI 4KD3 - Emotion and the Global Economy
POLSCI 4KK3 - Advanced Issues in Global Security
POLSCI 4NN3 - Studies in Global Political Economy
POLSCI 4O06 A/B - Canadian Public Policy
POLSCI 4Q06 A/B - Politics and Society in Latin America
POLSCI 4QQ3 - Issues in International Politics
POLSCI 4RR3 - Health Policy in the Industrialized World
POLSCI 4SS3 - Politics and Social Policy in the Developing World
POLSCI 4T06 A/B - Issues in Canadian Politics
POLSCI 4Y03 - Domination and Decolonization
POLSCI 4Z06 A/B - Honours Essay
POLSCI 4ZZ6 A/B - Experiential Learning in Research

For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24741
flynnrm@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
High School Diploma or equivalent, with 6 Grade 12 U/M courses including English 4U. The anticipated cut-off required by Ontario High School applicants for admission to Social Sciences I is 75-78% (subject to change).
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
April

B.A.Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science provides a broad exposure to politics, law and government at the domestic and international levels on a less intensive basis than the Honours degrees. Students can pursue a general interest degree or specialize in one of the five areas of study, including Political Theory, Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics of Developed and Developing Countries, International Relations and Public Policy. Students can also upgrade to the more intensive Honours BA if it suits their academic interests and abilities.

 

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge

Students will gain a solid understanding of how the field of Political Science approaches the study of various dimensions of political life. The breadth of knowledge required includes the internal organization and working of political institutions and practices, including governance structures, electoral systems, social movements, and historic transformations, as well as an understanding of the state’s relationships to the social world, to other states, and to the global arena. This knowledge is gained alongside the development of skills in careful, analytic reading, thinking, and writing. The undergraduate degree at McMaster deepens students’ grasp of these issues and skills by engaging them in the study of key areas of the discipline while also requiring them to take electives outside the department, so as to see their knowledge and skills within a wider scholarly community. 

Knowledge of Methodologies

Students will learn how to find and use information about political institutions, actors, and events and to explore scholarly and other literatures to find arguments and theories relevant to interpreting or explaining these. They will learn how to obtain and manage this information and analysis, with attention to relevance, accuracy, and the efficient use of time, and to transform this information and analysis effectively into written texts or verbal communications.

Application of Knowledge

Students will learn how to independently find and assess a range of scholarly and specialized primary sources in politics and related fields; critically evaluate and make use of such sources in light of leading paradigms and/or methodologies in two or more subfields of political science; develop a well-structured, well-supported argument; effectively present such arguments and/or other findings in a variety of ways, including essays and oral presentations. 

Communication Skills

Students will develop written and oral communication skills in the areas of political theory, methodology, and coursework representing the various subfields of political science. Writing research essays, book reviews, and reaction papers to assigned readings will develop written communication skills. Participation in tutorials and inclass debates and discussion will enhance oral communication skills. 

Awareness of Limits of Knowledge

Students will learn the importance of consciously seeking to establish support for the political or social scientific claims that they make and of knowing the limit of that support. Students will become aware of the difficulty of establishing criteria for assessing the value of one set of political or social scientific claims relative to another. 

Autonomy and Professional Capacity

Students will be provided with the knowledge, methods and skills necessary for employment, further study or community involvement in fields such as government, law, politics, international relations and business. As such the degree will impart the sophisticated analytical and communication skills valued by these fields and will foster behavior consistent with professional and social responsibilities and civic engagement.

 

Level 1

POL SCI 1AA3 and POL SCI 1AB3

Students wishing to major in Political Science must take POL SCI 1AA3 and 1AB3 (previously 1G06). 

Level 2

Up to 15 units of Level 2 Political Science (not including PS 2O06 or PS 2NN3)

Second year courses are designed to give students a foundation in our five fields: Some of these course are prerequisites for third and fourth year classes, so make your choices carefully. Course descriptions are in the current Undergraduate Calendar.

Students must also complete one course in Canadian Politics at the second, third or four year level. 

Level 3

Minimum of 9 units of Level 3 Political Science

Study Abroad 

Where can I go?

We have exchange agreements with universities in Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Japan. 

Requires completion of any Level I program, with a GPA of at least 3.5. Students must have a grade of at least C- in POLSCI 1G06 A/B or an average of at least 4.0 in POL SCI 1AA3 and 1AB3.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance are available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a(DELETE) has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

The Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

Established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke (Class of '88) and Leanna Clarke to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students at McMaster University who are - or wish to - advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.

Parliamentary Internship Programs

They should also follow the same formatting in terms of headings etc.  We should also list the awards provided by the Department under the first paragraph in the undergraduate scholarships – if an easily accessible list is available.  If not, then in the future we should.  This formatting should be replicated for each of the programs and minors.

Political Science Academic Advisors (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

Dr. Todd Alway – KTH 538
alwayto@mcmaster.ca

Dr. James Ingram – KTH 537
ingramj@mcmaster.ca

Undergraduate Chair (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

September – January
Dr. Greg Flynn – KTH 543
flynngl@mcmaster.ca

January – April
Dr. Lana Wylie – KTH 506
wyliel@mcmaster.ca

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

POLSCI 1AA3 - Government, Politics, and Power
POLSCI 1AB3 - Politics and Power in a Globalizing World
POLSCI 2C03 - Force and Fear, Crime and Punishment
POLSCI 2D03 - Canadian Citizenship: Institutional Foundations
POLSCI 2F03 - Politics, Power and Influence in Canada
POLSCI 2H03 - Globalization and the State
POLSCI 2I03 - Global Politics
POLSCI 2J03 - Global Political Economy
POLSCI 2M03 - Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Nations
POLSCI 2NN3 - Politics by Design
POLSCI 2O06 A/B - Political Theory
POLSCI 2U03 - Public Policy and Administration
POLSCI 2XX3 - Politics of the Developing World
POLSCI 3BB3 - Political Communication: Canada and the World
POLSCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
POLSCI 3CC3 - Political Authority: 20th-Century Political Theory
POLSCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North-South
POLSCI 3F03 - Contemporary Social Movements and Popular Coalitions
POLSCI 3FG3 - Public Service Leadership
POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
POLSCI 3GG3 - Federalism: Theoretical, Constitutional and Institutional Issues
POLSCI 3I03 - Topics in American Politics
POLSCI 3JJ3 - Provincial Politics in Canada
POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
POLSCI 3LA3 - Religion and Politics
POLSCI 3LB3 - Globalization and the World Order
POLSCI 3LC3 - Southeast Asian Politics
POLSCI 3LL3 - Development and Public Policy
POLSCI 3NN3 - Statistical Analysis of Primary Data
POLSCI 3NN6 A/B - Public Law
POLSCI 3PR3 - Practice of Politics
POLSCI 3Q03 - The Causes of War
POLSCI 3UU3 - Reading Course
POLSCI 3V03 - Women and Politics
POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
POLSCI 3X03 - Contemporary Security Issues
POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights
POLSCI 3Z03 - Canadian Public Sector: Implementation of Policies

For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24741
flynnrm@mcmaster.ca
Length:
3 years
Required Credential:
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
April

MinorMinor in Justice, Law & Order

Students are responsible for ensuring that any prerequisites for preferred upper-year courses are met in advance.

6 units

   POLSCI 1G06 or

   POLSCI 1AA3 - Government, Politics, and Power

   POLSCI 1AB3 - Politics and Power in a Globalizing World

6 units

   POLSCI 2D03 - Canadian Citizenship: Institutional Foundations

   POLSCI 2C03 - Force and Fear, Crime and Punishment

6 units

   POLSCI 3NN6 - Public Law

6 units of Multidisciplinary Course List

   ANTHROP 3FA3 - Forensic Anthropology

   ECON 2Q03 - Economics of Bad Behaviour

   HLTHAGE 2G03 - Mental Health

   HLTHAGE 3DD3 - Work: Dangerous to your Health?

   INDIGST 3K03 - Indigenous Human Rights

   LABRST 2W03 - Human Rights and Social Justice

   LABRST 3C03 - Labour Law and Policy

   POLSCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People

   POLSCI 3CC3 - Political Authority: 20th-Century Political Theory

   POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice

   POLSCI 3GG3 - Federalism: Theoretical, Constitutional and Institutional Issues

   POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives

   POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives

   POLSCI 3V03 - Women and Politics

   POLSCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory

   POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights

   PSYCH 3CC3 - Forensic Psychology

   RELIGST 2RD3 - Religion And Diversity

   SOCIOL 2C06 - Deviant Behaviour

   SOCIOL 3GG3 - Special Topics in the Sociology of Deviance

   SOCWORK 3H03 - Justice and Social Welfare

If you are enrolled in a four- or five-level program (with the exception of the Medical Radiation Sciences program which is a three-level program offered over a four-year period), you are eligible to obtain a Minor in Justice, Law and Order. Please note that in order to declare a Minor in Justice, Law and Order, at least 12 units (above Level I) must be elective to the degree.

In the final year of your program, when you complete your profile in the online Graduation Information Centre, you must indicate your desire to receive a Minor in the chosen subject. The Faculty Reviewing Committee will verify that the requirements have been met. If you are successful, your transcript will contain a designation for Minor in that area.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance are available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a(DELETE) has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

The Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

Established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke (Class of '88) and Leanna Clarke to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students at McMaster University who are - or wish to - advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.

Parliamentary Internship Programs

They should also follow the same formatting in terms of headings etc.  We should also list the awards provided by the Department under the first paragraph in the undergraduate scholarships – if an easily accessible list is available.  If not, then in the future we should.  This formatting should be replicated for each of the programs and minors.

Political Science Academic Advisors (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

Dr. Todd Alway – KTH 538
alwayto@mcmaster.ca

Dr. James Ingram – KTH 537
ingramj@mcmaster.ca


Undergraduate Chair (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

September – January
Dr. Greg Flynn – KTH 543
flynngl@mcmaster.ca

January – April
Dr. Lana Wylie – KTH 506
wyliel@mcmaster.ca

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24741
flynnrm@mcmaster.ca
Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
Enrollment in any B.A. Honours program
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September

MinorMinor in Political Science

6 units

Level I Political Science

18 units

Levels II, III Political Science of which up to 12 units may be Level II

If you are enrolled in a four- or five-level program (with the exception of the Medical Radiation Sciences program which is a three-level program offered over a four-year period), you are eligible to obtain a Minor in Political Science, provided that the subject area is not integral to the requirements of your degree program. You should check the calendar requirements statement for your program in the case of Science programs, or check with your Faculty in the case of other programs, for subject areas that are excluded from consideration as a Minor in your program.

In the final year of your program, when you complete your profile in the online Graduation Information Centre, you must indicate your desire to receive a Minor in the chosen subject. The Faculty Reviewing Committee will verify that the requirements have been met. If you are successful, your transcript will contain a designation for Minor in that area.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance are available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a(DELETE) has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

The Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

Established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke (Class of '88) and Leanna Clarke to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students at McMaster University who are - or wish to - advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.

Parliamentary Internship Programs

They should also follow the same formatting in terms of headings etc.  We should also list the awards provided by the Department under the first paragraph in the undergraduate scholarships – if an easily accessible list is available.  If not, then in the future we should.  This formatting should be replicated for each of the programs and minors.

Political Science Academic Advisors (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

Dr. Todd Alway – KTH 538
alwayto@mcmaster.ca

Dr. James Ingram – KTH 537
ingramj@mcmaster.ca


Undergraduate Chair (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

September – January
Dr. Greg Flynn – KTH 543
flynngl@mcmaster.ca

January – April
Dr. Lana Wylie – KTH 506
wyliel@mcmaster.ca

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24741
flynnrm@mcmaster.ca
Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
Enrollment in any B.A. Honours program
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September

MinorMinor in Public Leadership

New in Fall 2017! This minor is intended to provide students with a strong theoretical, practical and applied understanding of leadership and the role that political and/or public actors can play in the public domain of both democratic and non-democratic states to achieve their policy goals, affect positive social change and impact the policy choices of governments. Students will be prepared for further studies or careers in politics, government, public policy, community organization and activism, education, human rights and law.

This minor is intended to provide students with a strong theoretical, practical and applied understanding of leadership and the role that political and/or public actors can play in the public domain of both democratic and non-democratic states to achieve their policy goals, affect positive social change and impact the policy choices of governments.  Students will be prepared for further studies or careers in politics, government, public policy, community organization and activism, education, human rights and law.

Students will select courses from the Faculty of Social Sciences that address these themes, developing a strong interdisciplinary grasp on the different concepts of leadership and their application to different policy and public environments. Beyond the required courses, students will be able to select from a wide variety of courses that cater to their own interests.

It is the student’s responsibility to check carefully for prerequisites, co-requisites and enrolment restrictions of all courses in this list. Students are encouraged to speak to their Faculty advisors about Faculty-specific rules about double-counting courses for the minor.

24 units total

 

3 Units   Foundations of Public Policy, Public Administration and Public Service

  • POL SCI 2U03 - Public Policy and Administration

 

3 Units Leadership and Leadership Practices

  • POL SCI 3FG3 - Public Service Leadership
  • SOC SCI 2LC3 – Leadership and Communications for the Not-For-For Profit Sector
  • SOC SCI 3EL3 – Leadership Through Experiential Learning

 

6 Units  Spaces, Places and Needs for Public Leadership

  • POL SCI 2F03 - Politics, Power and Influence in Canada
  • POL SCI 2H03 - Globalization and the State
  • POL SCI 2XX3 - Politics of the Developing World
  • RELIG ST 2ER3 - Religion, the Body, and the Machine
  • RELIG ST 2VR3 - Violence and Religion

 

12 Units  Other Aspects of Leadership

  • POL SCI 3BB3 - Political Communication
  • POL SCI 3C03 - Government and Politics of Indigenous People
  • POL SCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North and South
  • POL SCI 3F03 - Contemporary Social Movements and Popular Coalitions
  • POL SCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism
  • POL SCI 3J03 – Canadian Politics and Public Policy
  • POL SCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship
  • POL SCI 3LB3 - Globalization and the World Order
  • POL SCI 3LL3 - Development and Public Policy
  • POL SCI 3V03 - Gender and Politics
  • POL SCI 3VV3 - Democratic Theory
  • POL SCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights
  • POL SCI 3Z03 - Canadian Public Sector: Implementation of Policies
  • POL SCI 4O06 – Canadian Politics

If you are enrolled in a four- or five-level program (with the exception of the Medical Radiation Sciences program which is a three-level program offered over a four-year period), you are eligible to obtain a Minor in Public Leadership. Please note that in order to declare a Minor in Justice, Law and Order, at least 12 units (above Level I) must be elective to the degree.

In the final year of your program, when you complete your profile in the online Graduation Information Centre, you must indicate your desire to receive a Minor in the chosen subject. The Faculty Reviewing Committee will verify that the requirements have been met. If you are successful, your transcript will contain a designation for Minor in that area.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance are available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a(DELETE) has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

The Clarke Prizes in Advocacy and Active Citizenship

Established in 2014 by Ryan Clarke (Class of '88) and Leanna Clarke to reward distinguished advocacy demonstrated by students at McMaster University who are - or wish to - advocate for some type of meaningful social and/or political change.

Parliamentary Internship Programs

They should also follow the same formatting in terms of headings etc.  We should also list the awards provided by the Department under the first paragraph in the undergraduate scholarships – if an easily accessible list is available.  If not, then in the future we should.  This formatting should be replicated for each of the programs and minors.

Political Science Academic Advisors (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

Dr. Todd Alway – KTH 538
alwayto@mcmaster.ca

Dr. James Ingram – KTH 537
ingramj@mcmaster.ca


Undergraduate Chair (For the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Term)

September – January
Dr. Greg Flynn – KTH 543
flynngl@mcmaster.ca

January – April
Dr. Lana Wylie – KTH 506
wyliel@mcmaster.ca

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24741
flynnrm@mcmaster.ca
Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
Enrollment in any B.A. Honours program
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
January, September
Current Deadline:
April

M.A.Master of Arts in Political Science

Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy

An examination of power and politics at the national level including Canadian and comparative politics, political theory, public policy and administration.

Admission to the M.A. in Political Science degree program requires an average of B+ or better in Honours Political Science or, with the approval of the Department’s Graduate Chair, in another discipline. The M.A. in Political Science offers concentrations (majors) in four areas: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy.  

COURSE WORK WITH COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS

Six half courses (or equivalent) at the graduate level and written comprehensive examinations. Normally 3 half courses are taken during the Fall term and 3 half courses during the Winter term. The comprehensive examinations are written in the latter half of July. Students are responsible for one major (two subfields) and one minor (one subfield) area.

Major subfields may be chosen from: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and Public Policy and Administration. Minor subfields may be chosen from: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Policy and Administration.

COURSE WORK WITH THESIS

Five half courses (or equivalent) and a thesis, which must demonstrate independent research skills. Full-time students who wish to write a thesis must submit a thesis proposal for departmental approval by December 1 of Term I. If the thesis proposal is not approved, students may continue in the course/comprehensive option. The thesis option is normally a two-year program.

Admission to the MA program requires a clear B+ average or better in an honours political science Bachelor’s degree or a four year major political science degree.

The Department offers a regular MA program in the following areas: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy.  There is also a collaborative MA program with the University of Guelph in Public Policy and Administration.  We also offer an MA in International Relations.

Notes:

  • Only COMPLETED applications will be reviewed by the Department
  • Applicants to the MA program are strongly encouraged to apply for the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition (Scholarship Deadline is December 1st), provided they meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, visit the School of Graduate Studies: Awards & Funding

Required Application Documents:

Graduate Studies Online Application

Applicants are required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens November 15th each year.  In addition to the online application, applicants must also submit the required documents listed below. Some required documents must be submitted through the online application.

Statement of Interest

  • An electronic statement of interest (approximately 250-500 words, single or double-spaced, maximum of 1 page).
  • The statement must be uploaded as a PDF attachment only through the online application system on the Upload Document
  • Your statement of interest should clearly describe your reasons for pursuing an MA degree, research interests, previous studies, experience and your career objectives.

C.V. / Personal Resume

  • An electronic copy of your CV/Resume must be uploaded as a PDF attachment through the online application system on the Upload Document

Official Academic Transcripts

  • Academic transcripts from ALL post-secondary studies completed or in progress at the time of application
  • Transcripts from institutions where you completed courses on Letter of Permission and/or as part of a Student Exchange Program must also be included.
  • All transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY from the issuing institution to the Department of Political Science (address below)
  • Transcripts not received in institutionally sealed envelopes will NOT be accepted.

Academic References

  • Two (2) confidential reference reports from instructors most familiar with your academic work
  • All referees are required to complete the e-Reference.
  • McMaster University uses an Electronic Referencing System (e-Reference). You will be required to indicate an institutional email address for each referee. Your referees will receive an email message asking them to complete an e-Reference.
  • If you need to change your reference or referee email address after submitting your application, you will need to contact the Department.
  • NOTE: Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo or other free email accounts ARE NOT accepted by the electronic reference system.
  • IMPORTANT: The system will send the e-Reference request to your references ONLY AFTER YOU SUBMIT your online application. This means that you will need to have completed AND uploaded your Statement of Interest and CV/Resume to your online application BEFORE you can click the “submit” button. References may require 2-4 weeks to complete the e-Reference reports. Referees MUST complete their reference report BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 15th. Please keep this in mind when you are working on your application.
  • If for some reason your referee is unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference Form and send it to your referees for completion. Downloaded reference forms must be sent by the referee DIRECTLY to Manuela Dozzi by e-mail (dozzim@mcmaster.ca) or the mailing address below.

English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

  • If English is not your native language, an official copy of your English Language Proficiency score or other evidence of competency in English is required. Such applicants are required to supply this evidence as part of your application. Applicants whose university studies were complete at an institution where English is deemed the official language of instruction may be exempted from this requirement (an official letter from the institution is required).
  • The English Proficiency exam must have been completed within 2 years of the application due date.
  • This requirement must be met prior to an offer of admission. There will be no exceptions to the language requirement.
  • The most common evidence is a score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

- TOEFL: minimum score is 92 (iBT-internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based). The McMaster University TOEFL/TSE Institution Code is 0936 and the Department Code for Political Science is 89.

- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score is 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section.

  • NOTE: Foreign students wishing to enter Canada on a student visa should also contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate for visa information.

How to Apply:

Each applicant is required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens November 15th each year and submit the required application documents listed above to complete the application.

Please note that all application supporting documentation must be forwarded to and received by our Department no later than February 15th of the year in which you are applying.

ANY LATE OR MISSING DOCUMENTS WILL DELAY YOUR APPLICATION AND NOT BE REVIEWED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S ADMISSION COMMITTEE.

Please send all (hard copy) supporting documents to:

Department of Political Science

c/o Manuela Dozzi

Kenneth Taylor Hall 527 (KTH-527)

McMaster University

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

L8S 4M4

Application Deadline:

  • February 15

The awards listed below are only opened to current Political Science graduate students. Eligible students should apply to Mosaic.

The Ellen Louks Fairclough Scholarship in Political Science

The Ellen Louks Fairclough Memorial Scholarship in Political Science was established in 2004 to commemorate the life of The Right Honourable Ellen Louks Fairclough, P.C., C.C., F.CA., L.L.D., F.R.C.G.S., D.H., U.E., Canada's first female federal cabinet minister and lifelong advocate for women's rights. To be awarded to a student enrolled in a graduate program in Political Science who holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Preference will be given to a student with an interest in Canadian public policy.

The Political Science Travel Grant

To support research and professional development by assisting graduate students with costs related to doing field-work or attending academic conferences.  This grant is open to both MA (thesis option) and PhD students.  There are two rounds of applications each year with the deadlines being October 15thand January 30th.

Students should consult with the Department MA Political Science Advisor or Area Convenors about the courses to be taken in order to satisfactorily complete the program.

Research Clusters 

While the department covers all the main fields in Political Science, we also have research expertise and knowledge in the following research clusters. Visit the following research clusters for more information on the faculty members who teach and conduct research in these specific areas, and the types of projects currently being conducted in the department. 

Interdisciplinary Networks 

Aside from the different research clusters within the Department of Political Science, our faculty members also lead and/or are actively involved in the following interdisciplinary networks in McMaster University: 

POL SCI 6E03 / Issues in Liberal-Democratic Theory

POL SCI 6O06 / Canadian Public Policy

POL SCI 701 / Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis: Frameworks and Models

POL SCI 702 / Social Policy Transformations

POL SCI 705 / Global Public Policy

POL SCI 706 / Comparative Politics of Health Policy

POL SCI 708 / Major Research Paper

POL SCI 740 / Theories of Comparative Politics

POL SCI 741 / Politics of Social Movements

POL SCI 742 / Politics of Developing Areas

POL SCI 744 / Politics of Western Democracies

POL SCI 746 / Issues in Comparative Politics

POL SCI 748 / Democracy and Diversity

POL SCI 749 / Topics in Gender and Politics

POL SCI 750 / Issues in Political Theory

POL SCI 751 / Classic Theories of “Realpolitik”

POL SCI 753 / Political Theory and Public Policy

POL SCI 754 / Critics of Modernity

POL SCI 755 / Lying in Politics

POL SCI 756 / The Autonomy of Politics

POL SCI 757 / Theories of Political Community

POL SCI 758 / Cosmopolitanism and Its Critics

POL SCI 760 / Political Institutions of the Canadian State

POL SCI 761 / The Social, Cultural and Economic Foundations of Canadian Politics

POL SCI 762 / Comparative Political Economy

POL SCI 763 / International Water Policy

POL SCI 765 / Reading Course

POL SCI 767 / Politics of the Global South: an International Relations Perspective

POL SCI 768 / Political Economy of Global Climate Change

POL SCI 769 / The Political Economy of East Asia

POL SCI 770 / Globalization and the Canadian State

POL SCI 771 / Advanced Concepts in International Relations Theory

POL SCI 772 / Theories of International Politics

POL SCI 773 / Selected Topics in International Politics

POL SCI 774 / Global Political Economy

POL SCI 775 / MA IR Colloquium

POL SCI 776 / Advanced Issues in Critical Security Studies

POL SCI 777 / Global Governance

POL SCI 778 / Globalization

POL SCI 779 / Major Research Paper

POL SCI 780 / Selected Political Problems I

POL SCI 781 / Selected Political Problems II

POL SCI 782 / Development Theory and Administration

POL SCI 783 / Comparative Public Policy

POL SCI 784 / Quantitative Political and Policy Analysis

POL SCI 785 / Public Sector Management

POL SCI 786 / Organizational Theory and the Public Sector

POL SCI 787 / Intergovernmental Relations and Public Policy-Making

POL SCI 788 / Comparative Foreign Policy: Canadian and U.S. Foreign Policy

POL SCI 789 / Global Finance

POL SCI 790 / The Politics of Economic Policy in Market Economies

POL SCI 792 / Public Choice

POL SCI 794 / Public Policy and Administration Research Seminar

POL SCI 795 / Research Project in Public Policy

POL SCI 796 / Research Design and Methods

POL SCI 797 / Readings in Comparative Public Policy

POL SCI 798 / Environmental Policies and Governance

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Graduate Students Association (GSA) MA In Political Science Regulations Graduate Student FAQ's Political Science MA Application Checklist Apply Now
For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24742
dozzim@mcmaster.ca
Length:
1 year
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Science or related discipline
Program Type:
Thesis, Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
February 15

M.A.Master of Arts in International Relations

International Relations, Global Politics, Globalization, Global Political Economy

An examination of politics between states and across borders including the activities of social movements, classes, genders, corporations and interest groups.

A. GLOBAL POLITICS STREAM

1. Five three unit courses including:

4 International Relations courses; 3 in major stream

(one of which must include POLSCI 772),

1 other International Relations course (Global Politics or GPE)

1 additional graduate course (IR, Political Science, Globalization, or Other)

2. MA International Relations Colloquium course / POLSCI 775*

3. Major Research Paper (10,000 words) / POLSCI 708*

B. GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY STREAM

1. Five three unit courses including:

4 International Relations courses; 3 in major stream

(one of which must include POLSCI 774),

1 other International Relations course (Global Politics or GPE)

1 additional graduate course (IR, Political Science, Globalization, or Other)

2. M.A. International Relations Colloquium course / POLSCI 775*

3. Major Research Paper (10,000 words) / POLSCI 708*


II. LIST OF IR COURSES

A. Global Politics Stream courses

705 Global Public Policy

708 MA IR Major Research Paper

767 Politics of the Global South: An International Relations Perspective

771 Advanced Concepts in International Relations Theory

772 Theories of International Politics

775 MA IR Colloquium

777 Global Governance

788 Comparative Foreign Policy: Canadian and US Foreign Policy

796 Research Design and Methods

 

B. Global Political Economy Stream

705 Global Public Policy

708 MA IR Major Research Paper

International Trade and Economic Development (GLOBALST 712)

768 Political Economy of Global Climate Change

774 Global Political Economy

775 MA IR Colloquium

777 Global Governance

782 Development Theory and Administration

789 Global Finance

796 Research Design and Methods

 

C. Other courses of interest

701 Topics in Globalization I: Human Displacement & Migration (GLOBALST701)

704 Global Social Policy (GLOBALST704)

714 The United States and Globalization since the Late Nineteenth Century (HISTORY714)

718 Global Actors Beyond the State: Methods and Cases (GLOBALST718)

728 Issues in International & Intercultural Health (GLOBALST728)

740 Theories of Comparative Politics

757 The British Empire and Global Integration (HISTORY757)

764 Global Power Local Culture: Comparative Colonialism in Africa (HISTORY764)

 

III. SELECTING YOUR COURSES

When choosing graduate courses MA IR students should consider the broad range of offerings available in the Department of Political Science, other departments and the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. Consider combining your IR courses with others into a theme if you wish to learn about a particular area in depth. Below are some themes and combinations to consider. A “*” indicates an IR listed course.

 

Interested in Developing Countries and Development?

712 International Trade and Development* (GLOBALST712)

742 Politics of Developing Areas

767 Politics of the Global South: An International Relations Perspective*

774 Global Political Economy*

782 Development Theory and Administration*

 

Interested in Theoretical Approaches to International Relations?

718 Global Actors Beyond the State: Methods & Cases (GLOBALST718)

749 Topics in Gender and Politics

756 The Autonomy of Politics

757 Theory of Political Community

758 Cosmopolitanism and its Critics*

771 Advanced Concepts in International Relations Theory*

772 Theories of International Politics*

 

Interested in the politics of other countries?

702 Contemporary Problems in Anthropology: Democracy, Uprising and the Ravages of Economic Rationality (ANTHRO702)

715 Globalization and China (GLOBALST715)

740 Theories of Comparative Politics

741 Comparative Politics of Social Movements and Political Parties

764 Global Power, Local Cultures: Comparative Colonialisms in Africa (Global Studies)

769 Political Economy of East Asia*

 

Interested in Social Policy / Social Issues?

704 Global Social Policy (GLOBALST 704)

705 Global Public Policy*

708 Health & Aging in a Global & International Context (HLTH AGE 708)

728 Issues in International & Intercultural Health (GLOBALST 728)

730 Work and Democracy in the Global Society (WORKSOC 730)

749 Topics in Gender and Politics

 

Interested in Research Design?

796 Research Design and Methods


IV. MA IR COLLOQUIUM COURSE

775 MA International Relations Colloquium

The IR Colloquium will take place every second week in the Fall and Winter terms under the leadership of the IR Convenor. It will be a two hour meeting with all of the MA IR students. It will consist of faculty presentations highlighting their research and professional development sessions on topics such as grant writing, PhD programs and career information. Other sessions will focus upon skills needed for the Major Research paper (choosing a topic and supervisor, preparing an outline etc.)


V. MAJOR RESEARCH PAPER

708 Major Research Paper

In addition to completing 18 units of graduate level coursework, students enrolled in the M.A. in International Relations are required to complete a Major Research Paper (MRP) in the spring following their coursework.

The major research paper (MRP) is an opportunity for students to do an extended piece of research on a topic of their choosing. Guidance on the MRP will be provided in the IR Colloquium. Students will be assigned a faculty supervisor in consultation with the IR convenor. MRPs are to be no longer than 10,000 words including all front matter, references and bibliography. That normally leaves 8,000 words for the text which is the length of an average scholarly journal article.

TWO copies of your MRP in finished form must be submitted to your supervisor by JUNE 15, 2017. Papers must be typed, double-spaced, single or double-sided on 8 ½ x 11" paper and coil or cerlox bound with a clear cover. Sources must be documented according to the conventions of a recognized academic style (MLA, Chicago, etc.). Those who fail to submit the final copy by the due date risk not graduating. Please note that INCOMPLETES will only be granted for legitimate medical or other properly documented reasons.

Your MRP will be read and marked by your supervisor and a second reader, normally chosen by your supervisor. One copy of your MRP will be returned to you, the second one retained by the Department for its records.

The MRP is marked on a pass / fail basis. Truly outstanding papers may be given a pass with distinction (P+). We will collate comments from both markers and pass them on to the students.

MRPs will be graded and returned to students by July 15. A student whose MRP receives a failing grade will normally have the opportunity to revise and resubmit for August 15.

Any general questions should be directed to the MA IR Advisor, Dr. Robert O’Brien (obrienr@mcmaster.ca) or to Manuela Dozzi (dozzim@mcmaster.ca).

 

International Relations Faculty

The Department has many faculty specializing in International Relations. Their names and research interests are:

  • Marshall Beier - Critical International Relations Theory, Critical Approaches to Security, Indignity, Canadian Foreign Policy
  • William Coleman (emeritus) - Globalization, Global Public Policy, Agriculture and Finance Policy
  • Stephen McBride - North American Political Economy, Trade and Investment Governance
  • Peter Nyers - Critical Security Studies, Citizenship, Borders, Refugees, Undocumented Migration
  • Robert O'Brien - Global Governance, Global Civil Society, Global Labour Issues
  • Tony Porter - Global governance and standard setting, international finance
  • Alina Sajed - Globalization and transnationalism, politics of the Global South, political violence
  • Richard Stubbs - Political Economy of East Asia
  • Lana Wylie - Canadian and US foreign Policy

In addition several other faculty have an interest in international relations:

  • Michelle Dion - Economic globalization
  • Catherine Frost - Nationalism
  • Ahmed Shafiqul Huque - Development
  • James Ingram - Cosmopolitanism
  • Don Wells - Labour issues 

Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition (IGHC)

The Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition (IGHC) is a research Institute which hosts an M.A. in Globalization Studies and supports teaching and research on a wide variety of global studies topics. The Institute runs a working paper series, hosts numerous visiting speakers, awards essay prizes and grants research scholarships. Political Science and International Relations students, with an interest in globalization are welcome to take courses in the Institute and participate in all of its activities.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the MA program in International Relations requires a clear B+ average or better in an honours political science Bachelor’s degree, a four year major political science degree or with the approval of the Department’s Graduate Chair, in another discipline.

The Department offers two streams in this MA program: (1) Global Politics; and (2) Global Political Economy. Students must indicate the stream in which they wish to major in their application.

Drawing on the Department’s research strength in International Relations and the presence of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, this MA offers students the opportunity to take a wide selection of courses in either a Global Politics or Global Political Economy Stream.  Students take five courses, one IR Colloquium and write a 10,000 word major research paper over twelve months. 

Notes:

  • Only COMPLETED applications will be reviewed by the Department
  • Applicants to the MA program are strongly encouraged to apply for the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition (Scholarship Deadline is December 1st), provided they meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, visit the School of Graduate Studies: Awards & Funding

 

Required Application Documents:

 

Graduate Studies Online Application

Applicants are required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens November 15th each year.  In addition to the online application, applicants must also submit the required documents listed below. Some required documents must be submitted through the online application.

Statement of Interest

  • An electronic statement of interest (approximately 250-500 words, single or double-spaced, maximum of 1 page).
  • The statement must be uploaded as a PDF attachment only through the online application system on the Upload Document
  • Your statement of interest should clearly describe your reasons for pursuing an MA degree, research interests, previous studies, experience and your career objectives.

C.V. / Personal Resume

  • An electronic copy of your CV/Resume must be uploaded as a PDF attachment through the online application system on the Upload Document

Official Academic Transcripts

  • Academic transcripts from ALL post-secondary studies completed in progress at the time of application
  • Transcripts from institutions where you completed courses on Letter of Permission and/or as part of a Student Exchange Program must also be included.
  • All transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY from the issuing institution to the Department of Political Science (address below)
  • Transcripts not received in institutionally sealed envelopes will NOT be accepted.

Academic References

  • Two (2) confidential reference reports from instructors most familiar with your academic work
  • All referees are required to complete the e-Reference.
  • McMaster University uses an Electronic Referencing System (e-Reference). You will be required to indicate an institutional email address for each referee. Your referees will receive an email message asking them to complete an e-Reference.
  • If you need to change your reference or referee email address after submitting your application, you will need to contact the Department.
  • NOTE: Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo or other free email accounts ARE NOT accepted by the electronic reference system.
  • IMPORTANT: The system will send the e-Reference request to your references ONLY AFTER YOU SUBMIT your online application. This means that you will need to have completed AND uploaded your Statement of Interest and CV/Resume to your online application BEFORE you can click the “submit” button. References may require 2-4 weeks to complete the e-Reference reports. Referees MUST complete their reference report BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 15th. Please keep this in mind when you are working on your application.
  • If for some reason your referee is unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference Form and send it to your referees for completion. Downloaded reference forms must be sent by the referee DIRECTLY to Manuela Dozzi by e-mail (dozzim@mcmaster.ca) or the mailing address below.

English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

  • If English is not your native language, an official copy of your English Language Proficiency score or other evidence of competency in English is required. Such applicants are required to supply this evidence as part of your application. Applicants whose university studies were complete at an institution where English is deemed the official language of instruction may be exempted from this requirement (an official letter from the institution is required).
  • The English Proficiency exam must have been completed within 2 years of the application due date.
  • This requirement must be met prior to an offer of admission. There will be no exceptions to the language requirement.
  • The most common evidence is a score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

- TOEFL: minimum score is 92 (iBT-internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based). The McMaster University TOEFL/TSE Institution Code is 0936 and the Department Code for Political Science is 89.

- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score is 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section.

  • NOTE: Foreign students wishing to enter Canada on a student visa should also contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate for visa information.

How to Apply:

Each applicant is required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens November 15th each year and submit the required application documents listed above to complete the application.

Please note that all application supporting documentation must be forwarded to and received by our Department no later than February 15th of the year in which you are applying.

ANY LATE OR MISSING DOCUMENTS WILL DELAY YOUR APPLICATION AND NOT BE REVIEWED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S ADMISSION COMMITTEE.

Please send all (hard copy) supporting documents to:

Department of Political Science
c/o Manuela Dozzi
Kenneth Taylor Hall 527 (KTH-527)
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M4

Application Deadline:

  • February 15

The awards listed below are only opened to current Political Science graduate students. Eligible students should apply to Mosaic.

The Ellen Louks Fairclough Scholarship in Political Science

The Ellen Louks Fairclough Memorial Scholarship in Political Science was established in 2004 to commemorate the life of The Right Honourable Ellen Louks Fairclough, P.C., C.C., F.CA., L.L.D., F.R.C.G.S., D.H., U.E., Canada's first female federal cabinet minister and lifelong advocate for women's rights. To be awarded to a student enrolled in a graduate program in Political Science who holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Preference will be given to a student with an interest in Canadian public policy.

The Political Science Travel Grant

To support research and professional development by assisting graduate students with costs related to doing field-work or attending academic conferences.  This grant is open to both MA (thesis option) and PhD students.  There are two rounds of applications each year with the deadlines being October 15th and January 30th.  

The William Coleman Fund

The William Coleman Fund was established in 2011 by Dr. William Coleman. To support Ph.D. students in the Department of Political Science who are conducting field research.

Students should consult with the Department MA International Relations Advisor or Area Convenors about the courses to be taken in order to satisfactorily complete the program.

Areas of Research: Critical International Relations, Critical Security Studies,Global Public Policy, Globalization, Global Political Economy, Citizenship, Foreign Policy

Research Clusters 

While the department covers all the main fields in Political Science, we also have research expertise and knowledge in the following research clusters. Visit the following research clusters for more information on the faculty members who teach and conduct research in these specific areas, and the types of projects currently being conducted in the department. 

Interdisciplinary Networks 

Aside from the different research clusters within the Department of Political Science, our faculty members also lead and/or are actively involved in the following interdisciplinary networks in McMaster University: 

POL SCI 6E03 / Issues in Liberal-Democratic Theory

POL SCI 6O06 / Canadian Public Policy

POL SCI 701 / Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis: Frameworks and Models

POL SCI 702 / Social Policy Transformations

POL SCI 705 / Global Public Policy

POL SCI 706 / Comparative Politics of Health Policy

POL SCI 708 / Major Research Paper

POL SCI 740 / Theories of Comparative Politics

POL SCI 741 / Politics of Social Movements

POL SCI 742 / Politics of Developing Areas

POL SCI 744 / Politics of Western Democracies

POL SCI 746 / Issues in Comparative Politics

POL SCI 748 / Democracy and Diversity

POL SCI 749 / Topics in Gender and Politics

POL SCI 750 / Issues in Political Theory

POL SCI 751 / Classic Theories of “Realpolitik”

POL SCI 753 / Political Theory and Public Policy

POL SCI 754 / Critics of Modernity

POL SCI 755 / Lying in Politics

POL SCI 756 / The Autonomy of Politics

POL SCI 757 / Theories of Political Community

POL SCI 758 / Cosmopolitanism and Its Critics

POL SCI 760 / Political Institutions of the Canadian State

POL SCI 761 / The Social, Cultural and Economic Foundations of Canadian Politics

POL SCI 762 / Comparative Political Economy

POL SCI 763 / International Water Policy

POL SCI 765 / Reading Course

POL SCI 767 / Politics of the Global South: an International Relations Perspective

POL SCI 768 / Political Economy of Global Climate Change

POL SCI 769 / The Political Economy of East Asia

POL SCI 770 / Globalization and the Canadian State

POL SCI 771 / Advanced Concepts in International Relations Theory

POL SCI 772 / Theories of International Politics

POL SCI 773 / Selected Topics in International Politics

POL SCI 774 / Global Political Economy

POL SCI 775 / MA IR Colloquium

POL SCI 776 / Advanced Issues in Critical Security Studies

POL SCI 777 / Global Governance

POL SCI 778 / Globalization

POL SCI 779 / Major Research Paper

POL SCI 780 / Selected Political Problems I

POL SCI 781 / Selected Political Problems II

POL SCI 782 / Development Theory and Administration

POL SCI 783 / Comparative Public Policy

POL SCI 784 / Quantitative Political and Policy Analysis

POL SCI 785 / Public Sector Management

POL SCI 786 / Organizational Theory and the Public Sector

POL SCI 787 / Intergovernmental Relations and Public Policy-Making

POL SCI 788 / Comparative Foreign Policy: Canadian and U.S. Foreign Policy

POL SCI 789 / Global Finance

POL SCI 790 / The Politics of Economic Policy in Market Economies

POL SCI 792 / Public Choice

POL SCI 794 / Public Policy and Administration Research Seminar

POL SCI 795 / Research Project in Public Policy

POL SCI 796 / Research Design and Methods

POL SCI 797 / Readings in Comparative Public Policy

POL SCI 798 / Environmental Policies and Governance

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Length:
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Required Credential:
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Program Type:
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Program Options:
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Typical Entry:
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Current Deadline:
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Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (Comparative Public Policy)

McMaster is the only university in Canada, and one of very few universities worldwide, to offer a PhD in Comparative Public Policy. In order to more robustly examine and explain policy dynamics and change, students are trained in the comparative method and required to examine a policy issue in at least two political jurisdictions. These jurisdictions may be states, but they could also be at the subnational or international level.

Public policy gets to the heart of the question of “who gets what” and of “who benefits.”  It can be about the big picture of how power works in societies, or it can involve finding the “devil in the details” of complex policy processes and outcomes.

Our faculty has capacity to supervise students doing mainstream policy studies, as well as projects in a number of critical approaches to policy. 

We prepare students in the fields of theories and approaches to comparative public policy, public administration, and internationalization of public policy. We value the opportunity to combine comparative public policy with courses in related fields such as comparative politics, globalization and the internationalization of public policy.

The program prepares graduates for working in Canadian and overseas universities, international organizations, and federal, provincial and local public services. Our graduates have taken up position at a number of Canadian universities and in federal and provincial public services.

The Comparative Public Policy doctoral program is designed to equip graduates to conduct research and teach at the university level in Comparative Public Policy and one other field chosen from Canadian politics, comparative politics, political theory, or international relations.

Students take six courses, including three required ones. They then prepare comprehensive examinations in their two major fields, which they write in September and December of their second year. Students also prepare a major paper for December.

The remainder of the program involves preparing a thesis proposal, and then completing and defending the dissertation, which must involve a comparison of two political systems, including those at the international and subnational levels.

A thesis proposal will normally be submitted in April of the student's second year. The thesis should normally be no more than 100,000 words long, and it is expected that the thesis will be finished about two years after the proposal is approved. Overall, then, full-time students are expected to take about four years to complete the program. Part-time students may take up to seven years to complete the degree but are encouraged to finish in less time.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the PhD program will normally require a Master’s degree in political science with an average of at least an A- (A minus).

Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members in the Department of Political Science regarding potential supervision.

Special Graduate Student Recruitment in Health and Social Policy:

In addition to our annual, general recruitment for our graduate program, the Department of Political Science at McMaster also offers special recruitment opportunities for students. 
 

Dr. Katherine Boothe is seeking to recruit a student into our graduate program at the PhD level in the area of Health or Social Policy. The recruitment offer involves a Research Assistant position in year 1 with the possibility extension over the summer and into year 2. The student will assist with SSHRC-funded research on the changing role of ideas in pharmaceutical insurance policy and early childhood education and care policy in Canada, will receive training on qualitative data analysis software and elite interview techniques, and will have the opportunity to contribute to conference presentations and publications. Please contact boothek@mcmaster.ca for more information.

Required Application Documents:

Graduate Studies Online Application

Applicants are required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens November 15th each year.  In addition to the online application, applicants must also submit the required documents listed below. Some required documents must be submitted through the online application.

Statement of Interest

  • An electronic statement of interest (approximately 500 words, single or double-spaced, maximum of 2 pages).
  • The statement must be uploaded as a PDF attachment only through the online application system on the Upload Document
  • Your statement of interest is a crucial element of the application process. Comparative Public Policy applicants should highlight the comparative nature of their research and policy area which concerns them. International Relations applicants should identify the international, transnational or global elements of their research projects.
  • All applicants would benefit from indicating particular faculty members or research clusters that overlap with their projects.

C.V. / Personal Resume

  • An electronic copy of your CV/Resume must be uploaded as a PDF attachment through the online application system on the Upload Document 

Official Academic Transcripts

  • Academic transcripts from ALL post-secondary studies completed or in progress at the time of application.
  • Transcripts from institutions where you completed courses on Letter of Permission and/or as part of a Student Exchange Program must also be included.
  • All transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY from the issuing institution to the Department of Political Science (address below).
  • Transcripts not received in institutionally sealed envelopes will NOT be accepted.

Academic References

  • Three (3) confidential reference reports from instructors most familiar with your academic work
  • All referees are required to complete the e-Reference.
  • McMaster University uses an Electronic Referencing System (e-Reference). You will be required to indicate an institutional email address for each referee. Your referees will receive an email message asking them to complete an e-Reference.
  • If you need to change your reference or referee email address after submitting your application, you will need to contact the Department.
  • NOTE: Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo or other free email accounts ARE NOT accepted by the electronic reference system.
  • IMPORTANT: The system will send the e-Reference request to your references ONLY AFTER YOU SUBMIT your online application. This means that you will need to have completed AND uploaded your Statement of Interest and CV/Resume to your online application BEFORE you can click the “submit” button. References may require 2-4 weeks to complete the e-Reference reports. Referees MUST complete their reference report BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 1st. Please keep this in mind when you are working on your application.
  • If for some reason your referee is unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference Form and send it to your referees for completion. Downloaded reference forms must be sent by the referee DIRECTLY to Manuela Dozzi by e-mail (dozzim@mcmaster.ca) or the mailing address below. 

English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

  • If English is not your native language, an official copy of your English Language Proficiency score or other evidence of competency in English is required. Such applicants are required to supply this evidence as part of your application. Applicants whose university studies were complete at an institution where English is deemed the official language of instruction may be exempted from this requirement (an official letter from the institution is required).
  • The English Proficiency exam must have been completed within 2 years of the application due date.
  • This requirement must be met prior to an offer of admission. There will be no exceptions to the language requirement.
  • The most common evidence is a score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

- TOEFL: minimum score is 92 (iBT-internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based). The McMaster University TOEFL/TSE Institution Code is 0936 and the Department Code for Political Science is 89.

- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score is 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section.

  • NOTE: Foreign students wishing to enter Canada on a student visa should also contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate for visa information.

How to Apply:

Each applicant is required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens November 15th each year and submit the required application documents listed above to complete the application.

Please note that all application supporting documentation must be forwarded to and received by our Department no later than February 1st of the year in which you are applying. 

ANY LATE OR MISSING DOCUMENTS WILL DELAY YOUR APPLICATION AND NOT BE REVIEWED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S ADMISSION COMMITTEE. 

Please send all (hard copy) supporting documents to:

Department of Political Science

c/o Manuela Dozzi

Kenneth Taylor Hall 527 (KTH-527)

McMaster University

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

L8S 4M4 

Application Deadline:

  • February 1

Public Policy Faculty

Katherine Boothe - Comparative Public Policy, OECD, Health Policy

Michelle Dion - Social Policy in Latin America

Dustin Garrick – Water Governance, Environmental Policy

Henry Jacek - Canadian Public Policy, Economic Policy

Ahmed Shafiqul Huque - Public Policy and Administration in Developing Countries, Public Service Reform and Change, Development and Transformation

Peter Graefe - Social Policy, Economic Policy, Canadian Intergovernmental Relations

Stephen McBride - Employment Policy, Environment Policy, State restructuring, Trade and Investment

Charlotte Yates - Labour Market and Employment Policy, Social Policy; Canada, Australia, and Great Britain

In addition several other faculty members have an interest in public policy:

Marshall Beier - Canadian Foreign Policy

Karen Bird - Multicultural Policy, Gender Policy

Peter Nyers - Refugee Policy

Robert O'Brien - Global Social Policy, Global Labour Policy

Tony Porter - Global Regulatory, Industry and Financial Policies

Netina Tan - Elections, Political Parties, Gender and Public Policies in East and Southeast Asia

Lana WylieCanadian Foreign Policy

In addition, two associate members of our department specialize in comparative public policy:

Julia Abelson - Health Policy, Canada, Canadian Provinces and Regions

John Lavis - Health Policy

  • 606 Canadian Public Policy
  • 701 Theory & Practice of Policy Analysis
  • 702 Social Policy Transformations
  • 705 Global Public Policy
  • 748 Democracy and Diversity
  • 782 Development Theory & Administration
  • 783 Comparative Public Policy
  • 785 Public Sector Management
  • 786 Organizational Theory and the Public Sector
  • 788 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • 794 Public Policy & Administration Research Seminar
  • 795 Research Project in Public Policy
  • 796 Research Design and Methods
  • 797 Readings in Comparative Public Policy
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For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24742
dozzim@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Graduate Degree
Program Type:
Thesis, Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September

Ph.D.Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (International Relations)

McMaster has one of the strongest International Relations PhD programs in Canada. A 2007 survey of International Relations professors' views on which PhD programs provided the best preparation for an academic career found that our Department's program ranked in the top four of Canadian universities (along with University of Toronto, UBC, and York). Source: Lipson et al, 'Divided Discipline' International Journal, Spring 2007, p. 337.

Our PhD International Relations program strengths are in the fields of:

  • Globalization
  • Global Political Economy
  • Canadian Foreign Policy
  • Critical Security and International Relations Theory

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the PhD program will normally require a Master’s degree in political science with an average of at least an A- (A minus).

Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members in the Department of Political Science regarding potential supervision.

Required Application Documents:

Graduate Studies Online Application

Applicants are required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens November 15th each year.  In addition to the online application, applicants must also submit the required documents listed below. Some required documents must be submitted through the online application.

Statement of Interest

  • An electronic statement of interest (approximately 500 words, single or double-spaced, maximum of 2 pages).
  • The statement must be uploaded as a PDF attachment only through the online application system on the Upload Document
  • Your statement of interest is a crucial element of the application process. Comparative Public Policy applicants should highlight the comparative nature of their research and policy area which concerns them. International Relations applicants should identify the international, transnational or global elements of their research projects.
  • All applicants would benefit from indicating particular faculty members or research clusters that overlap with their projects.

C.V. / Personal Resume

  • An electronic copy of your CV/Resume must be uploaded as a PDF attachment through the online application system on the Upload Document 

Official Academic Transcripts

  • Academic transcripts from ALL post-secondary studies completed or in progress at the time of application.
  • Transcripts from institutions where you completed courses on Letter of Permission and/or as part of a Student Exchange Program must also be included.
  • All transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY from the issuing institution to the Department of Political Science (address below).
  • Transcripts not received in institutionally sealed envelopes will NOT be accepted.

Academic References

  • Three (3) confidential reference reports from instructors most familiar with your academic work
  • All referees are required to complete the e-Reference.
  • McMaster University uses an Electronic Referencing System (e-Reference). You will be required to indicate an institutional email address for each referee. Your referees will receive an email message asking them to complete an e-Reference.
  • If you need to change your reference or referee email address after submitting your application, you will need to contact the Department.
  • NOTE: Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo or other free email accounts ARE NOT accepted by the electronic reference system.
  • IMPORTANT: The system will send the e-Reference request to your references ONLY AFTER YOU SUBMIT your online application. This means that you will need to have completed AND uploaded your Statement of Interest and CV/Resume to your online application BEFORE you can click the “submit” button. References may require 2-4 weeks to complete the e-Reference reports. Referees MUST complete their reference report BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 1st. Please keep this in mind when you are working on your application.
  • If for some reason your referee is unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference Form and send it to your referees for completion. Downloaded reference forms must be sent by the referee DIRECTLY to Manuela Dozzi by e-mail (dozzim@mcmaster.ca) or the mailing address below. 

English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

  • If English is not your native language, an official copy of your English Language Proficiency score or other evidence of competency in English is required. Such applicants are required to supply this evidence as part of your application. Applicants whose university studies were complete at an institution where English is deemed the official language of instruction may be exempted from this requirement (an official letter from the institution is required).
  • The English Proficiency exam must have been completed within 2 years of the application due date.
  • This requirement must be met prior to an offer of admission. There will be no exceptions to the language requirement.
  • The most common evidence is a score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

- TOEFL: minimum score is 92 (iBT-internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based). The McMaster University TOEFL/TSE Institution Code is 0936 and the Department Code for Political Science is 89.

- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score is 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section.

  • NOTE: Foreign students wishing to enter Canada on a student visa should also contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate for visa information.

How to Apply:

Each applicant is required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens November 15th each year and submit the required application documents listed above to complete the application.

Please note that all application supporting documentation must be forwarded to and received by our Department no later than February 1st of the year in which you are applying. 

ANY LATE OR MISSING DOCUMENTS WILL DELAY YOUR APPLICATION AND NOT BE REVIEWED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S ADMISSION COMMITTEE. 

Please send all (hard copy) supporting documents to:

Department of Political Science

c/o Manuela Dozzi

Kenneth Taylor Hall 527 (KTH-527)

McMaster University

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

L8S 4M4 

Application Deadline:

  • February 1

IR Faculty

The Department has many faculty specializing in International Relations. Their names and research interests are:

Marshall Beier - Critical International Relations Theory, Critical Approaches to Security, Indignity, Canadian Foreign Policy

William Coleman (emeritus) - globalization, global public policy, agriculture and finance policy

Stephen McBride - North American Political Economy, Trade and Investment Governance

Peter Nyers - Critical Security Studies, Citizenship, Borders, Refugees, Undocumented Migration

Robert O'Brien - Global Governance, Global Civil Society, global labour issues

Tony Porter - Global governance and standard setting, international finance

Alina Sajed – globalization and transnationalism, politics of the Global South, political violence

Richard Stubbs - Political Economy of East Asia

Lana Wylie - Canadian and US foreign Policy

In addition several other faculty have an interest in international relations:

Michelle Dion – Globalization and political economy

Catherine Frost - Nationalism

Ahmed Shafiqul Huque - Development

James Ingram - Cosmopolitanism

Inder Marwah - Imperialism and Post-Colonialsim

Don Wells - Labour issues

  • 705 Global Public Policy
  • 767 Politics of the Global South: An IR Perspective
  • 768 Political Economy of Global Climate Change
  • 769 The Poltiical Economy of East Asia
  • 770 Globalization and the Canadian State
  • 771 Advanced Concepts in IR Theory
  • 772 Theories of International Politics
  • 773 Selected Topics in International Politics
  • 774 Global Political Economy
  • 776 Advanced Issues in Critical Security Studies
  • 777 Global Governance
  • 788 Comparative Foreign Policy: Canadian & U.S. Foreign Policy
  • 789 Global Finance

Students may also choose from other Political Science and Globalization Studies graduate courses such as:

International Trade and Economic Development -OR- US Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective

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For more information:
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KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24742
dozzim@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Graduate Degree
Program Type:
Thesis, Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September