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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.

Research

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 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.

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.

Michelle Dion receives SSHRC funding to study gender and research impact in social science

The two-year grant will fund a survey of social scientists & analysis of research impacts.

Aug 07, 2019

Dr. Marshall Beier Awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant

Project Probes Children's Rights and the everyday practices and institutions that translate the tension between children as rights-holders and as objects of protection

Aug 07, 2019

Teaching Political Science in an Age of Trump

Honours Political Science student Cassidy Bereskin's research project surveys the Canadian landscape.

Aug 06, 2019

McMaster political scientist joins editorial team of leading journal

McMaster’s Michelle Dion has been named to the editorial team of the American Political Science Review, a leading journal in the field and the flagship journal of the American Political Science Association.

Jul 30, 2019

Catherine Frost awarded SSHRC Insight Grant

Project Probes Constituent Power to Better Understand the Legitimacy of States at their Founding and over the Longer Run

Jul 29, 2019

Standoff Politics: The Mediterranean Sea as a Contested Humanitarian Space

Michael Gordon, PhD Candidate, recently published an article on The Conversation examining the emergence of standoff politics and the criminalization of search and rescue NGOs in the Mediterranean Sea

Jul 19, 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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Hons.B.A. NEW Honours Political Science Specialization in Global Citizenship

This specialization is designed to prepare students for their roles as citizens within a globalized world. It examines global citizenship in relation to some of the main challenges faced by contemporary politics. Students will use various perspectives to explore citizenship, democracy, human rights, north-south relations, economic justice and human security.

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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

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 Global Politics

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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