McMaster University – School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
Gilmour Hall 212
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8S 4L8

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Political Science and Government, General
Description Our MA in Political Science introduces students to advanced graduate study across a number of fields in the discipline. Students select one major and one minor field to study. Major fields can be chosen from the following areas: Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy. Minor fields are chosen from Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Policy.
Website: Political Science at McMaster University – School of Graduate Studies
Length: 1 Year(s)
Cost per year:

Provincial: $7,008.00
National: $7,008.00

Cost per year is based on the 2017-2018 academic year, and represents tuition cost for three semesters. Mandatory supplementary fees are not included. Please see website for complete cost breakdown.

Test Scores:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

If English is not your native language, an official copy of your English Language Proficiency score or other evidence of competency in English is required. Such applicants are required to supply this evidence as part of your application. Applicants whose university studies were complete at an institution where English is deemed the official language of instruction may be exempted from this requirement (an official letter from the institution is required). The English Proficiency exam must have been completed within 2 years of the application due date. This requirement must be met prior to an offer of admission. There will be no exceptions to the language requirement. The most common evidence is a score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL: minimum score is 92 (iBT-internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based). The McMaster University TOEFL/TSE Institution Code is 0936 and the Department Code for Political Science is 89. IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score is 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section. NOTE: Foreign students wishing to enter Canada on a student visa should also contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate for visa information.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests

Admission to the MA program requires a clear B+ average or better in an honours political science Bachelor’s degree or a four year major political science degree. Applicants are required to submit: a Statement of Interest; a C.V./Personal Resume; and Academic References.