The Department of Political Science offers MA students a choice of three fields of study, as approved through the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies: Political Theory, Political Science and the Political Economy of International Development. All three fields offer suitable preparation for students who anticipate future doctoral study and also for those intending to directly launch their careers.
All MA students are required to complete at least four full-credit equivalents in total and all courses selection must be approved by the MA Supervisor.
The field of Political Theory allows students to concentrate their studies in one of the department’s traditional areas of strength, the history of political philosophy and normative political theory. Students in this stream will normally take four graduate courses, or full-course equivalents, of which at least two will be in political theory. They are required to take at least one full course outside the theory area, that is, in Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations.
The field of Political Science emphasizes the development of usable research and analytical skills and offers an opportunity to explore a political issue in significant depth. The program normally consists of four graduate courses, or full course equivalents, chosen to satisfy the following requirements:
- One of the Department’s MA research seminars (POL 2810Y or 2811Y). The MA research seminars allow students to prepare a substantial research paper on a topic of their choosing, and to pursue broad themes in the relevant literature.
- At least a half course in research design, methods, or statistics.
- At least a half course in political theory.
Political Economy of International Development
The field of Political Economy of International Development offers students an opportunity to explore contemporary issues of poverty, inequality, ecological sustainability, and political violence in the global south from an interdisciplinary, political-economic perspective. Students must complete four full course equivalents and must satisfy the following requirements:
- One full credit equivalent from the Political Science section of the PEID list of courses
- At least one half course from the Outside Courses section of the PEID list
- One of the Department’s MA research seminars (POL 2810Y or 2811Y) with a research focus on a topic of political economy of international development
- One additional half course from one of the three sections of the PEID list of courses
It is possible to specialize an MA degree further through participation in a collaborative program. Students must satisfy the requirements of the field of Political Science as well as those of the collaborative program. In some cases field requirements may be waived based on the course requirements of the collaborative program. Students must always complete at least four full-credit equivalents in order to graduate. Course selection must be approved by both the MA Supervisor in the Department of Political Science and the faculty coordinator of the collaborative program.