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The Master's Program

The Department of Political Studies offers a Master's degree program in Political Studies. Program requirements include 12 credit units of graduate courses and a 75-page Master's thesis. Full-time students should normally take one calendar year to complete all requirements for the degree. Students may register in the graduate program on a part-time basis; part-time students must be taking fewer than 9 credit units of courses in the regular academic year.

The Department's graduate program is small in comparison to graduate programs in political science at other Canadian universities; the Department normally admits 10-12 new graduate students each year, and since 1990 approximately one-third of our graduate students have come from other Universities. Saskatchewan's small program has definite advantages over larger programs. More time and attention can be given to the planning of each student's course of study. Greater coordination is achieved among faculty in the delivery of each year's courses, and there is closer contact between students and faculty both in course and thesis work.

Because of the faculty's expertise and research strengths, most graduate students in Political Studies study in the fields of Canadian government and politics, Saskatchewan government and politics, political philosophy, public policy, international relations, and comparative politics. 

Many of the Department's MA graduates have gone on to Ph.D. or other post-graduate programs at Canadian universities such as: Dalhousie, Calgary, York, Toronto, Western, Queen's, Alberta, and McGill, as well as American universities. Other graduates have done additional post-graduate work at such universities as: Carleton, Calgary and McGill in business administration, law, philosophy and education. Still others have found employment working in professional fields such as business, banking, government and education. These data provide as evidence that very strong students graduate from our program.