Political Science MA

Political Science

Improve your understanding of how political power and processes affect the daily lives of individuals around the globe

Whether you are considering a career within government, looking to make it in the private sector, or want to take your education to the next level by pursuing a PhD – the master of arts (MA) in political science at the University of Guelph will give you the competitive edge you need to get there.

This program revolves around the themes of Rights, Justice, Citizenship, and Identity (RJCI). It is designed to investigate the role of politics in defining who we are, where we belong and what our rights and responsibilities are in this age of globalization and constant change. It also provides a thorough understanding of research and analysis techniques, mobilizing you for career opportunities in academia, government and industry.

Tailor your study to suit your interests and goals including selecting from optional concentrations of study.

Be guided by world-class researchers and supervisors as you choose between three routes to complete your degree: a thesis, a major research paper or exclusively through coursework.

Three Routes of Program Completion to Choose From


Expected completion:
2-3 semesters

Expected completion:
3-4 semesters

Expected completion:
4-5 semesters


  • Honours BA in political science with a minimum B+ (77-79%) GPA in the last two years of study.
  • If you hold a BA in another social science field and are accepted into the program, you will be required to complete additional qualifying courses in the first two semesters of the program.
  • A methodology course is necessary for admission to the graduate program. If not completed, you may be admitted with the requirement that you complete the extra course.
  • If needed for your particular course of study, you are also expected to have an adequate working knowledge of a language in addition to English.

Political Science Faculty

Join faculty who are pursuing fascinating research on diverse and exciting topics. Have the opportunity to work alongside supervisors who are committed to you and your future development. Take advantage of well-published, world-renowned researchers and their depth of experience as they guide you along to your degree.

Andrea Paras

Humanitarian intervention, faith-based NGOs, intercultural competence

Dave Snow

Law and politics, assisted reproduction policy, federalism

Tamara A. Small

Digital technologies, Canadian politics, political communication


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