Political Science : Program Requirements
Master’s Program Thesis Option
MA students taking the thesis option are required to complete four 1.5 unit courses. At least two of these courses (3 units) must be taken from the following list of field seminars: POLI 507, 508, 509, 516, 540. Students are also required to take the department methods course POLI 505, unless written exemption is given to the graduate advisor by their supervisor. The remaining 1.5 units of coursework may be taken from Political Science graduate courses, a senior undergraduate course (300 or 400 level), a directed readings course (POLI 590) or a graduate course offered by another department.
MA students taking the thesis option are required to write a Master’s thesis (POLI 599) worth 9 units which is no longer than 100 pages and which they defend through an oral examination conducted by their supervisory committee and an examiner chosen from outside the Political Science department. Full-time students are required to have a thesis proposal approved by their supervisory committee by May 15 of the academic year in which they entered the program.
The 9 units of coursework must include at least two Political Science graduate field seminars (normally POLI 508 and 540), POLI 505 (unless written exemption is given to the graduate advisor by the student's supervisor and an additional 1.5 units of Political Science graduate coursework is completed), and two additional Political Science graduate courses. The remaining 1.5 units of coursework may be taken from Political Science graduate courses, a senior undergraduate course (300 or 400 level), a directed readings course or a graduate course offered by another department.
Students in the Master's Stream in Politics of Global Challenges must complete 9.0 units of course work. Students are required to take the core course, POLI 525 (1.5 units), POLI 508 (1.5 units), and POLI 540 (1.5 units). Students are also required to take the department methods course POLI 505 (1.5 units), unless written exemption is given to the graduate advisor by their supervisor. Two further electives (3.0 units) are required, one (1.5 units) of which will normally be a POLI graduate course in the theme in which the student will write the major research paper. The remaining elective course (1.5 units) will be chosen from a POLI graduate course, senior undergraduate course (300 or 400 level), directed readings course or graduate course offered by another department.
The major research paper (POLI 598; 6.0 units) is based on an independent research project, normally 40-50 pages in length. It will normally be on a PGC theme supervised by a professor associated with the PGC stream, and will be graded by the student's supervisory committee.
CSPT Master’s students must complete 7.5 units of course work. CSPT is not available with the research project option. Students must complete POLI 509 (1.5 units), a field seminar drawn from the following list: POLI 507, 508, 516, 540 (1.5 units); one additional graduate seminar in Political Science (1.5 units); and CSPT 501 and one of CSPT 500 or CSPT 590. Students must also complete a MA thesis worth 9 units. The topic must be within the field of CSPT. At least two members of the examining committee must be drawn from the faculty members affiliated with the CSPT program.
Master of Arts Program (Thesis Option) with Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Nationhood (IN)
MA students taking the thesis option who wish to complete the IN Graduate Certificate must complete IN 601 (1.5 units); two field seminars drawn from the following: POLI 507, 508, 509, 516, 540 (1.5 units); three preapproved IN electives (1.5 units in each of IGOV, POLI, and LAW); and IN 697 (1.5 unit capstone course).
MA students taking the project-based option who wish to complete the IN Graduate Certificate must complete IN 601 (1.5 units); two field seminars drawn from the following: POLI 507, 508, 509, 516, 540(1.5 units); POLI 505 (1.5 units), unless written exemption is given to the graduate advisor by their supervisor; one POLI elective course (1.5 units); three preapproved IN electives (1.5 units in each of IGOV, POLI, and LAW); and IN 697 (1.5 unit capstone course). Students must complete a major research paper worth 6.0 units. The topic must be within the field of Indigenous Nationhood. The members of the supervisory committee must be drawn from the faculty members affiliated with the IN Graduate Certificate.
All PhD students are required to complete six 1.5 unit courses beyond the MA degree, including POLI 600 (Professional Development Seminar). Students must choose two field seminars (3 units) (POLI 607, 608, 609, 616, 640, CSPT 601, IN 601), one in each of the areas in which they will be taking a candidacy examination. Students electing to take the candidacy examination in Comparative Policy and Governance (jointly administered with the School of Public Administration) must take POLI 607, POLI 610 and one other field seminar. Students must complete two candidacy examinations and be registered in POLI 693 (3.0 units) until these examinations and the dissertation proposal defense are completed. Students are required to complete a course in methodology (POLI 605), unless written exemption is given to the graduate advisor by their supervisor. The remaining elective courses may be taken from PhD graduate seminars offered by the department. Students may also choose to take one graduate course (1.5 units) (and no more than two graduate courses) from outside the Political Science department. If this option is chosen, one course (1.5 units) may, with the permission of the instructor, be taken in the Law Faculty at the 300-level or above, in place of a graduate course (at the discretion of the Law Faculty). Students must pass all course work with at least a B+ average before proceeding to the field examinations.
POLI 600 is a compulsory seminar worth 1.5 units for PhD students in Political Science that runs from September until April. Students are introduced to the professional aspects of the discipline including: how to write grant applications, how to teach effectively, how to design a syllabus and a CV, how to contribute to the administrative and intellectual community in their department and in political science more broadly.
CSPT doctoral students must meet the core requirements of their own department as well as the specific requirements of the CSPT program. A CSPT PhD student must complete 9.0 units of course work including POLI 600 (Professional Development Seminar). Students must complete POLI 609 (1.5 units), CSPT 601 (1.5 units); two other graduate courses in Political Science (3.0 units), and one other CSPT course or a related subject approved by the CSPT program director.
PhD students who wish to complete the IN Graduate Certificate must complete IN 601 (1.5 units), one other POLI field seminar (1.5 units), three preapproved IN electives (1.5 units in each of IGOV, LAW and POLI) and the POLI Professional Development seminar (POLI 600).
Students must successfully complete Candidacy requirements, which consist of two examinations. One examination will be in one of the following fields: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Political Theory, and one examination will be in Indigenous Nationhood. Students must be registered in POLI 693 (3.0 units) while completing these exams. Also, students must be registered in IN 697 until the Indigenous Nationhood candidacy examination is completed.They must also write a dissertation that meets the requirements of both the Department of Political Science and the IN Graduate Certificate. The topic must be within the field of Indigenous Nationhood. At least two members of the examining committee must be affiliated with the IN Graduate Certificate.
POLI 600 (Professional Development Seminar)