The Department of Political Science’s Doctoral Program is designated for students who completed a research-track MA in Political Science with an average of 85 or above, who wrote a master’s thesis graded 85 or above, and who have a PhD supervisor who is a member of the department’s academic faculty.
The first stage in the acceptance process is securing an appropriate PhD supervisor. Interested students should assess our various faculty members’ areas of expertise, send potential supervisors an email with a copy of their resume, and set up an in-person meeting with any potential supervisor.
Students who meet the aforementioned requirements are invited to apply to our doctoral program after securing a PhD supervisor. The Authority for Research Students accepts applications bi-annually, in July and in January. The Authority for Research Students first ensures that applicants meet the minimum admissions requirements, and they will then transfer your application to the department’s doctoral committee.
Students who completed an MA in Political Science in the non-research track, who have earned a final average of 85 or above, and who have a PhD supervisor, may apply for the doctoral program. Applicants who fit this description will have to take supplementary courses and register as a student “completing research requirements.”
Students who completed their MA in a department other than Political Science, who earned a final average of 85 or above, who completed a thesis graded 85 or above, and who have a PhD supervisor from within the department, may also apply to the doctoral program under the status of “special research student”.
For more details regarding admissions requirements please see the Authority for Research Students web site.
Interested applicants should contact the Department administrator and/or the Graduate Students Administrator.