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MA Admissions

On-line admission applications and application documentation are due January 15 for September admission.

MINIMUM MA REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION:

To be qualified for admissions into our MA program you must have…

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale over the last approximately two years.
  • An immediately prior degree in Political Science. However, a prior degrees in a related discipline (such as Canadian Studies, International Relations, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Economics, Public Policy and Administration) may be considered for admission. Students with an immediately prior degree far removed from Political Science, will not be eligible for consideration for admission.

For International Students Only:

International students should note the following…

  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, you must have Proof of Proficiency in the English language fulfilled in one of these ways: TOEFL (105, internet-based; 600 paper-based); IELTS (7.5); MELAB (86); PTE (75).  
  • All degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary after you submit a complete application.
  • You can find further information on specific degree and grade point average requirements for the country where you earned your degree at International Admissions Requirements.

Have a question about our MA Admissions Requirements? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions. If you are still unable to find an answer please contact the Graduate Program Administrator.

Detailed information on all aspects of our graduate program can also be found in our Graduate Program Handbook.  

 

DOCUMENTATION TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR MA APPLICATION:

Below is a brief synopsis of the documentation you must include with your on-line application. For detailed information and instructions refer to the on-line application itself.

You must include the following with your application…

  • Proof of agreement to supervise from a faculty member in your proposed area of thesis research. An email from the faculty member with tentative agreement is sufficient. Please note: tentative agreement is not a guarantee of admission, however admission will not be granted without a tentative supervisor.
  • A non-refundable, required application fee:  $125 for Canadian applicants; $145 for International applicants.
  • Two references. Once you initiate your application your referees will be provided with instructions for completing their on-line reference.
  • A research proposal of no more than one page which outlines the objectives of the research, the context, methodology, and the contribution to the advancement of knowledge.
  • A sample of your academic work, usually a course or research paper.
    • Two official sets of transcripts, in sealed, endorsed institutional envelopes, sent directly by institutions from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an exact certified English translation.
    • All degree certificates (if awarding of degree is not on transcript), in sealed, endorsed, institutional envelopes, sent directly by institutions. Degree certificates issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an exact certified English translation.
    • If applicable, proof of English Language Proficiency fulfilled in one of these ways: TOEFL (105, internet-based; 600 paper-based); IELTS (7.5); MELAB (86); PTE (75). 

Have a question about our MA Application Process? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions. If you are still unable to find an answer please contact the Graduate Program Administrator.

Detailed information on all aspects of our graduate program can also be found in our Graduate Program Handbook.