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While the department covers all the main fields in Political Science, we also have research expertise and knowledge in a number of research clusters including: climate and sustainability; critical international relations; gender and politics; globalization; global political economy; labour issues; politics of representation; social and health policy.

Graduate Conference

Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy - Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 7: Drawing upon McMaster’s expertise in the field of international and comparative public policy, the conference seeks to unpack the global dimensions of policy in order to bridge the gap between international relations, international political economy, and public policy.

Graduate Programs

Our Department is the ideal place to do Master's and Doctoral work. We offer the range of specialized seminars needed for strong graduate-level training, but are a small and collegial department so that students and faculty experience the type of intellectual interaction, supervision, and research collaboration that makes graduate work exciting.

Undergraduate Programs

Whether you are a current or future student at McMaster considering Political Science as an undergraduate degree or taking 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.

Dr. Netina Tan has just published The Palgrave Handbook of Women’s Political Rights!

Dr. Netina Tan, McMaster University (with co-editors Drs. Susan Francheschet, University of Calgary and Mona Lena Krook, Rutgers University) has just published an exhaustive and interdisciplinary account of women's right to vote and run for political office in this Global Handbook on Women’s Political Rights. Also see a chapter on “Women’s Complicated Political Participation and Representation in Cuba” by Dr. Lana Wylie and Dr. Sarah Shoker!

Jan 18, 2019

Violence on Iraqi bodies: decolonising economic sanctions in security studies

PhD candidate Riva Gewarges publishes article in Third World Quarterly’s special issue on Violence in the Third World

Jan 15, 2019

Irregular Citizenship, Immigration, and Deportation

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Nyers, on the publication of his latest book, Irregular Citizenship, Immigration and Deportation.

Jan 10, 2019

Experience learning a whole new way

The Faculty of Social Sciences' Office of Experiential Education does a lot more than help students get work experience, find jobs and discover funding opportunities: It broadens their horizons and helps them learn to navigate the world as well-rounded professionals.

Jan 10, 2019

Is trying something new worth risking your GPA?

What if we told you that you can step outside of your comfort zone to try an elective course outside of your program with no risk to your GPA?* Now you can with McMaster Personal Interest Courses (PIC).

Jan 10, 2019

Additional funding offered for Lille Exchange

International Students Services has announced an automatic scholarship of $1,000 towards 2019-2020 exchanges with Sciences Po Lille

Jan 09, 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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Minor Minor in Justice, Law & Order

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Minor Minor in Political Science

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Minor Minor 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.

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M.A. Master of Arts in Political Science*

Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy

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M.A. Master of Arts in International Relations*

International Relations, Global Politics, Globalization, Global Political Economy

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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.

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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.

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