VIII. Graduate Programs
The Department of Political Science offers three programs of study leading to the MA degree. Graduate students in the Department of Political Science are accepted into one of the following programs: 1) the General MA in Political Science; 2) the Collaborative MA Program in International Development Studies (CIDS); or 3) the Guelph-McMaster Collaborative MA Program in Public Policy and Administration (The G-M Program). Each of these MA programs has separate course requirements. Students in the General MA and Collaborative MA Program in International Development Studies may pursue a thesis option or a major research paper option, both of which are research-based. Students in the Guelph-McMaster program are required to undertake a major research paper. The MA program can be completed in three semesters.
All students must apply directly to the Department of Political Science. Graduate students are admitted each fall semester. The deadline for all applications is February 1 each year. All applications must be submitted on-line. Complete instructions can be found at http://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/admission.htm
NOTE: This is a self-administered application process. Please have all materials (reference letters, transcripts, application form, statement of research) returned to you and send materials in one envelope to the Graduate Secretary, Department of Political Science.
The department requires an Honours BA degree (4 years) in political science (or its equivalent) with at least a 'B' average (second-class standing) for consideration for admission to the program. A methodology course equivalent to The Systematic Study of Politics, POLS*3650, in the Department of Political Science undergraduate program, is necessary for admission to the graduate program. Students not satisfying this requirement may be admitted with the provision that it be satisfied by completing the requisite extra course.
Departmental Program - Guelph MA Program in Political Science
The University of Guelph’s Department of Political Science has a large, academically diverse research-oriented faculty. We offer strong scholarly representation in two main fields: Governance and Public Policy; and Comparative Politics. Within these two fields, the faculty’s research and supervisory expertise further is concentrated in, but not limited to, the following thematic areas: Social Policy; Environmental Policy; International Trade Policy; Criminal Justice Policy; Politics of Development; and Women, Gender and Politics. The program’s structure and the diverse interests of its members have resulted in a very broad range and diversity of course offerings. Graduates of the General MA in Political Science are engaged in a wide range of careers in academia, government and industry.
In order to fulfill the requirements of the General MA din Political Science, students must complete the requirements of either the thesis or the major paper options.
In order to satisfy the degree requirements, the student will complete five courses plus a Pro-Seminar and a thesis, as described below for a total of 2.75 credits.
Major Research Paper Option
In order to satisfy the degree requirements, the student will complete six courses plus a Pro-Seminar and two course equivalents of major paper research, as described below, for a total of 4.25 credits.
Interuniversity MA Program - Guelph-McMaster Collaborative MA Program in Public Policy and Administration
The collaborative program in public policy and administration is an initiative on the part of the Departments of Political Science at the University of Guelph and McMaster University to co-ordinate their involvement in this particular field.
The program successfully melds policy studies and administrative studies into a unique program of study in Canada. Students can avail themselves of core courses that may be offered at either institution. Up to 50% of courses can be taken at each university. The program term is one year. All the courses are grounded within the discipline of political science, while giving attention and regard to the contribution of related disciplines - such as economics, law and sociology.
Graduates enjoy successful careers in the public services of Canada, Ontario and other provinces, as well as local governments, and pursue careers in the private sector as well as the non-profit sector. A number of graduates have pursued PhD's and now teach in universities and colleges.
Course of Study
The fall and winter semesters semesters are devoted to completing the course requirements: four core courses and 2 specialized electives. The summer semester differs for students who are formally enrolled at Guelph and those formally enrolled at McMaster.
In order to satisfy the degree requirements, the student will complete complete six courses plus a Pro-Seminar and two course equivalents of major paper research as described below for a total of 4.25 credits.
One professional development and orientation course:
Interdepartmental MA Programs - Collaborative International Development Studies MA/MSc Program
The Department of Political Science participates in the MA Collaborative International Development Studies (CIDS) program. Please consult the International Development Studies listing for a detailed description of the MA collaborative program including the special additional requirements for each of the participating departments.
CIDS graduates hold positions in government in Canada and abroad with NGO’s, international organizations and private consultancies. Many also enter PhD programs.
In order to fulfill the requirements of the CIDS MA, students must complete complete the requirements of either the thesis or the major research paper options.
In order to satisfy the degree requirements, the student will complete seven courses plus a Pro-Seminar and a thesis, as described below for a total of 3.75 credits.
Major Research Paper Option
In order to satisfy the degree requirements, the student will complete eight courses plus Pro-Seminar and two course equivalents of major paper research as described below for a total of 5.25 credits.