Political Science, Ph.D. | McGill University | Québec, Canada
48 months
17708 CAD/year
2880 CAD/year
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The Political Science Department from McGill University offers programs leading to the M.A. (with or without thesis) and Ph.D. degrees. These programs combine depth of specialization in a particular field with breadth of knowledge in related fields. The staff offers courses and supervises research on most of the important areas of political science.


The doctoral program in Political Science from McGill University is designed to give students the necessary foundation for making original contributions to knowledge. Graduate courses provide students with analytical and theoretical tools used in particular subfields. 


A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. 

The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • PhD Research Seminar
  • Ph.D. General Written Examination First Field
  • Ph.D. General Written Examination Second Field
  • Ph.D. Oral Comprehensive Examination

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Fall deadlines : June 21 (national); January 15 (international);
  • Winter deadlines: November 10 (national); August 1 (international);


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General requirements

  • Students holding a master’s degree in political science may be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program. In some instances, outstanding students with a B.A. in Political Science may be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program without having completed an M.A. degree. They will be considered Ph.D. 1.
  • All applicants, including those who have done their undergraduate work at McGill, must submit two letters of reference. It is recommended that you contact your referees at least a month in advance of the deadline. Applications that do not have references by January 15 will not be considered.
  • Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian/American institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit TOEFL scores.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17708 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8854 CAD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    2880 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1440 CAD per semester during 48 months.


McGill University is committed to provide financial support for graduate education. Through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and other academic units, McGill is working to increase the number of student fellowships and scholarships, exploring new avenues for student support, and making it easier to disburse existing funds. Our competitive funding support offers, coupled with Montreal’s low cost of living, makes graduate studies at McGill a wise educational investment.

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