MA Program Requirements

MA (Thesis-based) Requirements

All MA (Thesis-based) students in the Political Science Graduate Program must successfully complete the following components:

1.    Required Course Work
2.    Master’s Thesis
3.    Master’s Thesis Oral Defense

The Department of Political Science strongly recommends that MA (Thesis-based) students complete all degree requirements, including submitting final revisions to the thesis, within 24 months. The Faculty of Graduate Studies permits 4 years, but FGS states that it is expected that students completing a thesis-based master’s degree will complete the degree within half the time allowed.

All students will be appointed an Interim Supervisor when their program begins. A Permanent Supervisor must be appointed no later than the second annual registration. There is no Supervisory Committee for the MA Thesis.

MA (Course-Based) Requirements

All MA (Course-Based) students in the Political Science Graduate Program must successfully complete the following components:

  1. Required Course Work
  2. Major Research Paper (taken as part of Required Course Work)

The Department of Political Science strongly recommends that course-based MA students complete all degree requirements, including Major Research Paper, within 12 months. This is a full-time program and it is expected that students completing a course-based master’s degree will complete the degree within one year.

A Supervisor must be appointed by January 15th of the first year of registration.