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Department of Political Studies

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CONTACT

Graduate Chair: Kalowatie Deonandan

Contact: polst.graduate@usask.ca

Phone: (306) 966-5812

Department of Political Studies
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CAN S7N 5A5

“The Department of Political Studies has some major advantages. First of all, supervisors devote a great deal of time to their students. The small class size is also conducive to a positive social experience and mutual assistance. Additionally, course requirements make for a close fit between course material and theses, thus allowing students to quickly finish the program.
- Eric Macfarlane

“As a foreign student it can be hard to cope with a new educational environment. The faculty here, however, have been extremely helpful by continuously pushing me in the right direction and facilitating my research. This program will undoubtedly open up further academic and career opportunities in the future.
- Fahimeh Behrang

Political Studies

The Department of Political Studies offers a one-year course and thesis based master's degree program with emphasis in the fields of Canadian government and politics, Northern politics and policy, political thought, public policy, governance of voluntary organizations, international relations or comparative politics, particularly the politics of developing countries.

In comparison to graduate programs at other Canadian universities, this one is relatively small. Only 10-12 new graduate students are admitted each year. As a result, more time and attention is given to student concerns, especially to the planning of each student's course of study. Greater coordination is achieved among faculty in order to provide the desired courses and there is closer contact between students and faculty both in course and thesis work.

In addition, with a four course requirement and a 75 page thesis, this program is designed to allow students to graduate within one academic year. 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Standard Graduate Studies Application plus:

  • A two page letter of intent explaining your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies
  • A sample of academic writing 5-10 pages long, preferably submitted for a university-level course

APPLICATION DEADLINES

There is no application deadline, but those wishing to be considered for financial assistance should submit their applications by February 15.

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Financial assistance, usually to fund four or five students, is available through the Department and is awarded on a competitive basis to students with an average above 80 percent.

Students are also been funded as research assistants or in support positions in various university organizations. There are also some designated scholarships for political studies graduates available. Details are available on the Department's website.  

CAREER PATH

Former students have gone on to doctoral programs both in Canada and abroad; to careers as university professors, in government as well as in the private and NGO sectors; or to pursue further graduate education in professional programs such as Law and Business Administration.

 

For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A four-year undergraduate honours degree in political science, or its equivalent
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% in the last two years of full-time undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units of course work).
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the College of Graduate Studies and Research.