The PhD Political Science program emphasizes the development of theoretical competence and rigorous analytical skills in the study of politics. Students choose two of the following fields: Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Canadian Politics, and Public Policy. All of these fields are well represented by internationally-recognized faculty members who are available for research supervision.

Doctoral students are eligible to apply for the collaborative PhD in Political Economy.

A collaborative Specialization in African Studies is also available.

Capital Advantage

Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital places you in the heart of the country’s political process, giving you unparalleled access to resources and career opportunities unavailable elsewhere in the country.  Carleton students enjoy easy access to Canada’s federal government and can attend Parliament when it is in session and volunteer or work for government departments and agencies located in the city.  Ottawa is also home to 11 national museums, Library and Archives Canada, more than 900 national and international associations and a multitude of high commissions and foreign embassies.

Fields of Specialization

  • Canadian Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender and Diversity
  • International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Public Affairs and Policy Analysis

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Fiona Robinson has published extensively on the global ethics of care
  • William Cross specializes in political parties and legislative politics in Westminster-style democracies
  • Laura Macdonald conducts research on North American politics
  • Waller Newell’s work examines the insights of political philosophy for questions of political leadership
  • Vandna Bhatia’s research focuses on the public policy choices associated with healthcare in Canada in a comparative context

Program Information

Length: 4 years

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: January 31

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Contact: Graduate Supervisor – Christina Gabriel

Pathway Options: Thesis

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