Our placements and careers

Our MA and PhD programs have a superb record of career placement whether in academia or the public and private sector.

MA placements

We have graduated approximately 300 Masters students since we first accepted graduate applicants in 1967, one year after the founding of UCalgary.

Our MAs have gone on to PhD programs around the world, provincial and federal public service in Canada, private business and think tanks.

Here are some examples of the careers and further education our of MA graduates (2007 to present):


2021

Project Coordinator, Extractive Resource Governance Program (ERGP) School of Public Policy

RCMP Support Services Clerk

2020

PhD student, Concordia

PhD student, University of Toronto

PhD student, University of Toronto

Entrepreneur,  Equestrian Services

2019

PhD student, University of Calgary

Project Manager, Canadian Elections Database

Research Coordinator, Curriculum Developer, Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning

BEd student , University of Calgary

PhD student, University of Calgary

Research Associate, Sustainability at The Conference Board of Canada

 PhD student, University of Toronto

2018

Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada

Master's Program, Master of Community Planning, Vancouver Island University

Office of the Councillors, Calgary City Hall

Program Manager, Government of Canada

Data Scientist with CBC.ca

Program Manager, at RA2 Start-up Company

2017

Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada, Government of Canada

PhD Program, University of Toronto

PhD Program, University of Saskatchewan

2016

Legislative & Outreach Assistant, Official Opposition, AB Legislative

Regulatory Officer, Government of Yukon

Project Analyst for Alberta Human Services

2015

PhD Program, Cambridge University

Director of Research at Alberta Federation of Labor

HR Advisor at Exxon Mobile

Project Analyst, Research Services, University of Calgary

Teacher of Grade 7 and 8, Alberta

2014

Law School, University of New Brunswick

PhD Program, Carleton

Community and Stakeholder Relations Research Assistant, Metrolinx

2013

PhD Program, Simon Fraser University

Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Toronto

Fulbright, Columbia University

PhD Program, McGill University

UN Internship in Namibia

Office of Ombudsman, Human Rights Action Plan, Namibia

2012

Law School, University of Alberta

History Tutor, Hong Kong

Office of Hon. Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Environment, Prime Minister’s Office

Researcher, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation

Policy Intern, Government of Alberta

Lawyer, Davis Polk and Wardwell, LLP, N.Y.

Research Analyst, Government Relations firm Global Public Affairs

PhD Program, University of Calgary

2011

Monitoring and evaluation posting with SUCCO (Quebec NGO) in Haiti

Youth Outreach & Advocacy Coordinator for the Canadian Environment Network (RCEN)

National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Tunisia and Morocco

PhD Program, University of Western Ontario

Employed at Disability Centre, University of Calgary

Legislative Researcher, Legislative Assembly of Alberta

2010

Law School, Halifax

Assistive Services Coordinator, Student Accessibility Services Resource Centre, University of Calgary

International Government Affairs Group, Talisman Energy

2009

Policy Analyst, Strategic Policy and Research Branch of HR and Skills Development, Canada

PhD Program, University of Toronto

PhD Program, University of Calgary

Policy Analyst, Canada West Foundation

Senior Special Assistant to the Prime Minister

Director of Communications for Industry Minister of Canada

Director of Communications, Office of the President of the Treasury Board

Regional Director, Canadian Wind Energy Association

Regulatory and Financial Manager, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Intern, Canada West Foundation

Second Secretary, Canadian Embassy in Kazakhstan

Medical School, University of Calgary

2008

Research Office at Alberta Education, Government of Alberta

Research Officer at Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development

Policy Analyst, Calgary Homeless Foundation

Program Manager, Peacebuilding, Development & Security Program

Employment Lawyer, Vye Willetts, Ottawa Ontario

Real Estate Advisor, Public Works & Government Services, Halifax

Urban Planning Degree, Dalhousie University

Aga Khan Foundation Internship, Tajikistan

Policy Advisor, Strategic Services, Plans and Projects, Municipal Affairs & Housing, Government of Alberta

Director, Strategic Planning and Partnerships, Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Toronto

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Office– Chief of Staff, Director of Policy and Regional Affairs, Policy & Regional Affairs Advisor, Assistant to the Parliamentary Secretary

Policy Advisor to Minister of Transport and Infrastructure

Graduate & Faculty Outreach Manager, Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy, Toronto

2007

Researcher, R.A. Malatest & Associates

Trainee Research Consultant, Blake Stevenson, Scotland

PhD Program, Louisiana State University


PhD placements

We have graduated approximately 50 Doctoral students since we first accepted PhD applicants in 1969, three years after the founding of UCalgary.

Our PhDs have gone on to tenure-track positions at universities around the world, as well as into high-ranking positions within the provincial and federal public service in Canada, private business and think tanks.

Here are some examples of our doctoral students’ successful careers!


2018

Assistant Professor, University of Guelph

2017

Policy Analyst, Office of Energy Research & Development, Natural Resources of Canada (Government of Canada)

2016

Urban Fellow Research Associate, City of Toronto
Office Manager, Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Sessional Instructors, University of Calgary

2015

Policy Analyst, Public Safety Canada, Ottawa

2014

Assistant Professor, University of Guelph
Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at Novel Tech Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University
Lecturer, School of Politics & International Relations, Australian National University

2013

Co-Founder & Data Scientist, Centrality Data Science, Calgary
Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary
 

2012

Technical Analyst, Web Content Management, Information Technologies, University of Calgary
Lecturer, School of Politics & International Relations, Australian National University
Sessional Instructor, Carleton University

2011

Strategist for Outreach and Indigenous Engagement, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
Managing Editor, Arctic Yearbook
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Port Saud University, Egypt

2010

Chief Executive Officer of Abacus Data, Ottawa
President and CEO, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Director, Australian National Internship Program, School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University
Lecturer, International Relations, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick

2009

Associate Director, Alberta International and Intergovernmental Affairs
Adjunct Professor, Political Science, University of Alberta
Adjunct Professor, Political Studies, University of Manitoba

2008

Research Director, Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

2007

Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Guelph

2006

Associate Professor, St. Cloud University, MN

2005

Associate Professor, Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

2004

Associate Professor, Mount Royal University

2003

Convenor, Political and International Studies, School of Social Science, University of New England, Australia

2002

Associate Professor, Political Science, Concordia University
SSHRC Post-Doc, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Political Science, Concordia University

2001

Vice-President, Global Advancement, Marketing & Business Development, Royal Roads University
Dean, Management, Royal Roads University
Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist, Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government of Ontario
Instructor, Department of Political Science, Western Washington University
Assistant Sports Information Director, Department of Athletics

2000

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Windsor
Director, Bachelor of Arts and Science Program

1999

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

1998

Associate Professor, Department Chair, Canada Research Chair, University of Northern British Columbia
Professor, Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan
Senior Researcher, Canada West Foundation

1997

Research Chair of the Citizen Society Research Lab, Lethbridge College
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Lethbridge College
Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Calgary
Director of Research, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Chief of Staff, Prime Minister’s Office
Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario