Program

The deadline for applications is April 1.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.1 - 2 years

The Department of Political Studies offers thesis-based and project-based master’s degree programs 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 addition, these programs are designed to allow students to graduate within one academic year.

The Thesis program includes a four course requirement and a 75-page thesis. The Course based program requires 6 courses and a major research paper.

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.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Colleen BellCounterterrorism, critical security studies, critical war studies, development-security nexus, foucault, international political sociology, political violence, surveillance, war
Loleen BerdahlEvidence, federalism, public opinion, public policy, regionalism
Kalowatie DeonandanLatin America, development, foreign policy, human rights, indigenous, mining, nuclear, politics, resource development, women
Joseph GarceaAboriginal, aboriginal politics, citizenship, governance, immigration, indigenous, intergovernmental affairs, multiculturalism, public policy, public-private partnerships
Neil HibbertEquality, justice, legitimacy, political philosophy
Carin HolroydCanadian trade and investment, East Asia, Green growth, Innovation systems, Japan, National innovation, Vietnam, digital, digital content, digital media, environmental policies, environmental sustainability, environmental technologies, governance and resource development, government-business relations, international development, new economy policy, northern economic development, political economy, technological change
Bohdan Kordan15th Century, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, Ukraine, cartography, conflict, international relations, multiculturalism, nationalism
David McGraneCanadian Political Parties, Canadian Politics, Federal NDP, Federalism, Multiculturalism and Immigration, Quebec, Saskatchewan Politics, elections, nationalism
Greg PoelzerAboriginal, Indigenous, development, governance, northen regions, policy
Charles SmithCanadian Politics, Charter of Rights, Labour Unions, Law and Politics, Political Economy, Provincial Politics

Tuition and funding

Funding

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.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Master of Arts

  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A minimum Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% for the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:
  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, email the following to the Graduate Program Assistant listed below:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a brief written description of previous relevant course work, grades, employment, and relevant training and life experience
  • Academic writing sample: 5-10 pages, preferably submitted for a university-level course
  • A statement of interest: 2-3 page document stating your research and academic interests, related experience, and particular faculty members as your potential supervisor

Contact

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

Graduate Chair
Neil Hibbert
Email: neil.hibbert@usask.ca

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner
Email: asg.graduateprograms@usask.ca