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M.A. in Global Politics

Study Global Politics at one of Canada’s leading centres of critical international relations

International Relations, Global Politics, Globalization, Global Political Economy

The McMaster University Department of Political Science is one of Canada's leading centres of critical international relations. Our areas of strength include postcolonialism, alternative diplomacy, critical security studies, citizenship studies, global political economy and radical political theory.

In this program you will:

  • Undertake advanced graduate course work and a major research paper in a leading centre of critical international relations thought. 
  • Develop critical approaches to international relations to understand the unequal power relations of world order and seek to challenge those conditions. 
  • Draw on a wide variety of theoretical traditions including constructivist, ecological, feminist, historical materialist, postcolonial and postructural approaches. 
  • Have the opportunity to take part in the courses and speaker series offered by the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition

Program Details & Application

More about the program

Research with us

Our Faculty are highly cited and publish widely. McMaster has expertise in a wide range of areas and can provide you with the the guidance you'll require to develop your own research interests and skill sets. Faculty and their expertise include:

  • J. Marshall Beier - Critical approaches to security, militarization,  childhood and IR, indigeneity and IR, IR theory

  • Catherine Frost - Political founding and declarations of independence, nationalism

  • James Ingram – Cosmopolitanism, critical theory, democratic theory

  • Stephen McBride - Comparative and Canadian political economy, austerity

  • Inder Marwah – Liberalism and imperialism, Darwinism, non-Western political thought

  • Peter Nyers - Critical security studies, citizenship, refugee and migrant politics

  • Robert O’Brien - IPE, labour internationalism, global civil society, climate change, global governance

  • Tony Porter - IPE, business regulation and global governance, global finance

  • Alina Sajed - Postcolonial IR, political violence and revolution, global south

  • Lana Wylie - Canadian and US foreign policy, alternative diplomacy, Cuba.

What our students say...

Stefano Ballesteros, M.A. International Relations '18

At McMaster "I found a top-tier Canadian university with world-class professors conducting important research. I found an amazing campus, with a vibrant community of students. I found an exciting program that encouraged creative learning, open discussion, and innovative research.

I focused my research here in outer space policy and law, something that was quickly met with excitement and support from my professors and peers. As the program progressed I found myself a member of a community not only of students, but of professors and staff that regarded me as a colleague and friend.

This is incredibly rare in a university this size and one where professors are continuously researching and publishing their work. But it is something I believe is essential for a conducive learning environment."

Program details

McMaster University and the City of Hamilton



One of four Canadian universities ranked in the top 100 world-wide and host site for a United Nations University.


Ranked as Canada's top research-intensive university. We are home to more than 70 research centres and institutes.


300 acres of property with 30 acres of campus for over 4000 graduate students and 300 postdoctoral fellows.


The fourth largest city in Ontario, Hamilton is a waterfront community situated on the Niagara escarpment.