THE MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE
The normal requirement for admission to the one-year M.A. program is an honours degree or combined honours degree in Political Science, or an honours degree in a related discipline, such as International Relations, with a B+ average. Honours graduates in fields other than these will be considered on the basis of their academic background and standing. Those with less than a four-year degree, or with minor deficiencies, will be required to take additional courses, or to enter a two-year program (see section titled, Application Procedures - Admission Levels).
After completion of the student's first full term of study (normally 3 graduate courses), the Graduate Committee will evaluate the student's progress and research proposal. On the recommendation of that Committee the student will then complete their degree on one of two paths:
(a) The Major Paper: This path requires students to complete successfully three further graduate courses, and a major paper approved by the student's examining committee. The Paper will be written under the direction of a committee normally composed of two Political Science faculty members. It is expected that students will register full-time and complete the program in three semesters.
(b) The Thesis: This path requires students to successfully complete one further graduate course, and a thesis approved by the student's examining committee. The thesis will be written under the direction of a committee composed of two Political Science faculty members plus a member outside Political Science, but from within the University. An oral defence of the thesis is required (see section titled, The Master's Degree - Program Requirements). There is no formal due date for a thesis, however, it is expected that students will register full-time and complete the program in three semesters.
All students in the I Master's (Qualifying) year must normally carry a full load of ten undergraduate courses or their equivalent.
POLITICAL SCIENCE: COURSES
POLITICAL SCIENCE: PROGRAMS
POLITICAL SCIENCE: INSTRUCTORS
GRADUATE STUDIES FACULTY REGULATIONS