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School of Graduate Studies (2021/2022)
9.19 Political Science
9.19.1 Program of Study

The degree of Master of Arts is offered in Political Science by full-time and part-time study.

The degree of Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science may be taken by course work and thesis, course work and co-operative internship, or course work only. The thesis, co-operative internship, and course route options are available to full-time and part-time students. The M.A. with thesis is a two-year program. The co-operative internship and course route options are one year programs.

  1. M.A. with Thesis:

    1. Students choosing the M.A. with thesis must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in political science graduate program courses of which 3 credit hours must be attained from either POSC 6000 or 6010, and 3 credit hours must be attained from POSC 602A/B. Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background and needs of the student.

    2. Each student choosing the thesis option will submit a thesis on a subject that has been approved by the supervisory committee of the Department.

    3. Students applying for the thesis option must submit a brief (one page maximum) statement of their research interest with their application.

  2. M.A. with Co-operative Internship:

    1. Students choosing the M.A. with co-operative internship must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in political science graduate program courses of which 12 credit hours must be attained from POSC 6030 (6 credit hours), 602A/B and 6790. Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background and needs of the student.

    2. Each student choosing this option will complete a full-time co-operative internship 6030 of at least 12 weeks duration, normally in the Spring semester, to be approved by the Department.

  3. M.A. by course work:

    Students choosing the M.A. by course work must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in political science graduate program courses of which 3 credit hours must be obtained from POSC 602A/B. Further courses beyond the minimum number may be required, depending on the background and needs of the student.

  4. POSC 602A/B - Research Design and Professional Development. Students register for the 'A' portion of the course in the Fall semester of their program of study and the corresponding 'B' portion of the course in the following Winter semester. A grade of NC (No Grade Expected) will be assigned to the 'A' portion of this course.

9.19.2 Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of students, as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

  • 6000 Political Science Approaches
  • 6010 Empirical Methods in Political Science
  • 602A/B Research Design and Professional Development
  • 6030 Co-operative Internship (6 credit hours)
  • 6100 Political Philosophy
  • 6200 International Politics
  • 6300 Comparative Politics
  • 6301 European Politics and Public Policy
  • 6350 Political Economy
  • 6400 Contentious Politics
  • 6430 Latin American Politics
  • 6500 Political Behaviour
  • 6600 Newfoundland Politics
  • 6700 Canadian Politics
  • 6710 Intergovernmental Relations
  • 6720 Local Politics
  • 6740 Public Administration
  • 6770 Canadian Provincial Politics
  • 6780 Politics of the Atlantic Provinces
  • 6790 Public Policy Process
  • 6900-10 Special Topics
  • 6999 Master's Essay (9 credit hours)