The Master's program consists of course work and a Master's thesis of approximately 100 pages. The program is designed so that students can complete it in 12 months, although most take up to 2 years.
The thesis component is an important part of our MA program. While many universities have eliminated or downgraded the thesis component, we believe that it is essential for students to gain experience in developing their own research projects.
For more information about the graduate programs in Political Science, refer to the Political Science Graduate Handbook.
Explore research areas
The program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to work closely with a thesis supervisor. Candidates for the MA program should look carefully at the areas of expertise and research interests of the various faculty members.
Students with other interests should consult the Graduate Advisor before applying.
Improve your skills by becoming a teaching assistant
Many of our graduate students are able to participate in our teaching assistantship program. Teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to incoming students. All candidates applying to our Master's program by the January 15 deadline are automatically considered for a teaching assistantship. More information about financial support.
Consider an interdisciplinary graduate program
The Department of Political Science also participates (with the Departments of English, History, and Sociology) in the Interdisciplinary MA Program in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT), which is concerned with various critical traditions of analysis.
The program involves additional course work, in the form of interdisciplinary CSPT seminars and typically will take 18 to 24 months to complete. There is a separate admissions process for CSPT. Interested students should direct their inquiries to the Director of the CSPT Program, Dr. Emile Fromet de Rosnay.
Join British Columbia's Legislative Internship
The Department also collaborates in the administration of British Columbia's Legislative Internship Program. Interns may receive a two-course (3 unit) credit for a research report related to their work.
This program is open only to selected graduates of British Columbia universities. Further information is available on the Legislative Assembly website. Other sorts of co-op work placements may be available to graduate students by special arrangement.