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 Graduate Programs in the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers graduate programs leading to both M.A. and Ph.D. thesis-based degrees. There are normally close to 40 graduate students in our programs. Our graduate programs emphasize exceptional training in Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics, Indigenous Politics, International Relations & Global Political Economy, and Political Theory, as well as other sub-fields. Our faculty members are committed to offering the highest-quality graduate education to our students.   

Our department includes twenty-three active full-time faculty who are available to supervise students.   

Faculty in the department pursue research in a wide range of substantive areas.

Our graduated students testify to a friendly, supportive and collegial atmosphere amongst the grad students and faculty, as well as an intellectually stimulating, challenging, and academically rigorous training while pursuing their graduate studies. The graduate students are integrated into department affairs, are able to speak of their research with faculty members, and many students collaborate with faculty members’ research and publishing. 

Why pursue graduate studies in Political Science at the University of Calgary?

  • Our graduate students pursue interesting and innovative careers: some continue in academia, and many former PhD students are now professors in Canada and elsewhere. Other former students work in government, international organizations, or consulting and public opinion research.  Four of our former students worked in the Prime Minister of Canada’s office.
  • We offer competitive funding packages to assist students as they pursue their graduate degree.
  • Our faculty members include nationally and internationally renowned scholars who research and publish in the discipline’s top-ranked journals and presses. Many of our faculty members are involved in cutting-edge research and participate in national and international collaborative projects funded by a variety of granting agencies.
  • Our graduate students have been very successful in winning prestigious and competitive awards such as: Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowships, Masters’ SSHRC CGS, CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement SSHRC, Sir Isaac Walton Killam scholarships, Donald N. Byers Memorial Killam Scholar Prize, John D. Petrie Memorial Graduate Scholarship, Maritime Awards Society of Canada Graduate Scholarship, Petroleum History Society Graduate Scholarship, Metis Education Foundation Scholarship.  We are also successful in the Government of Alberta’s Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships & Alberta Graduate Student Scholarships. Successful University of Calgary’s awards won: Eyes High International Scholarship, Chancellor’s Graduate Medal, Calgary Institute for the Humanities Francis Spratt Graduate Student Fellowship, Ruby Doctoral Scholarship, Silver Anniversary Graduate Fellowships.
  • You will be part of the University of Calgary’s graduate student community, part of the City of Calgary --a city of endless choice -- as well as 1.5 hours from the world-renowned Canadian Rockies.



Application Available:  October 15  |  Application Deadline:  January 15

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