MA Global Politics
MA Global Politics
Undertake advanced graduate course work and a major research paper in one of the leading centres of critical international relations. Critical approaches to international relations reveal the unequal power relations of world order and seek to challenge those conditions.
Critical international relations draws on a wide variety of theoretical traditions including constructivist, ecological, feminist, historical materialist, post-colonial and post-structural approaches. McMaster is particularly strong in the areas of post-colonialism, alternative diplomacy, critical security studies, citizenship studies and international political economy.
About the Program
International Relations, Global Politics, Globalization, Global Political Economy.
Undertake advanced graduate course work and a major research paper in one of the leading centres of critical international relations (IR). Critical approaches to IR reveal the unequal power relations of world order and seek to challenge those conditions. Critical IR draws on a wide variety of theoretical traditions including constructivist, ecological, feminist, historical materialist, post-colonial and post-structural approaches. McMaster is particularly strong in the areas of post-colonialism, alternative diplomacy, critical security studies, citizenship studies and international political economy.
Faculty Specializing in Global Politics:
Nathan Andrews: Political Economy of Resource Extraction, Social/Development Policy, Global Governance, International Relations Theory & Critical Pedagogy
Marshall Beier: Critical Approaches to Security, Militarization of Childhood, Indigeneity & International Relations, International Relations Theory
Thomas Marois: Neoliberalism & Development, Public Banking, Political Economy
Stephen McBride: North American Political Economy, Trade & Investment Governance, Austerity
Peter Nyers: Critical Security Studies, Citizenship, Borders, Refugees, Undocumented Migration
Robert O’Brien: Global Political Economy, Labour Internationalism, Global Civil Society, Climate Change, Global Governance
Tony Porter: Global Governance & Standard Setting, International Finance
Alina Sajed: Post-colonial International Relations, Political Violence & Revolution, Global South
Lana Wylie: Canadian & US Foreign Policy, Alternative Diplomacy, Cuba
Requirements and Timelines
Drawing on the Department’s research strength in International Relations and the presence of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, this MA offers students the opportunity to take a wide selection of courses.
Students take five courses, one MA Colloquium and write a 10,000 word major research paper over twelve months.
Students in the MA in Global Politics are required to complete:
a) Four (4) international relations courses; one of which must be POLSCI 772 Theories of International Politics
b) One (1) additional graduate course
c) MA Colloquium course, POLSCI 775
d) Major Research Paper (10,000 words), POLSCI 708
Selecting your courses
When choosing graduate courses MA Global Politics students should consider the broad range of offerings available in the Department of Political Science, other departments and the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. Consider combining your IR courses with others into a theme if you wish to learn about a particular area in depth.
MA Colloquium Course
POLSCI 775 MA Colloquium
The Colloquium will take place every second week in the Fall and Winter terms under the leadership of the Convenor. It will be a three-hour meeting with all of the MA students. It will consist of faculty presentations highlighting their research and professional development sessions on topics such as grant writing, PhD programs and career information. Other sessions will focus upon skills needed for the Major Research paper (choosing a topic and supervisor, preparing an outline etc.)
Major Research Paper
POLSCI 708 Major Research Paper
In addition to completing 18 units of graduate level coursework, students enrolled in the M.A. in Global Politics are required to complete a Major Research Paper (MRP) or a Collaborative MRP in the spring/summer term following their coursework.
The major research paper (MRP) is an opportunity for students to do an extended piece of research on a topic of their choosing. A collaborative MRP involves the identification of a shared research interest among a group of two or more students and a division of labour that may specify both an identifiably individual component and a collaborative component that is coauthored. Guidance on the MRP will be provided in the MA Colloquium. Students will be assigned a faculty supervisor in consultation with the MA Colloquium Convenor/Political Science Advisor.
Admissions and Applications
Admission to the MA program in Global Politics requires a clear B+ average or better in an Honours Political Science Bachelor’s degree, a four year major political science degree or similar.
Only COMPLETED applications will be reviewed by the Department
Applicants to the MA program are strongly encouraged to apply for the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition (Scholarship Deadline is December 1st), provided they meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, visit the School of Graduate Studies
Required Application Documents:
Graduate Studies Online Application
Applicants are required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens October 1st each year. In addition to the online application, applicants must also submit the required documents listed below. Some required documents must be submitted through the online application.
Statement of Interest
A statement of interest (approximately 250-500 words, single or double-spaced, maximum of 1 page).
The statement must be uploaded as a PDF attachment only through the online application system
Your statement of interest should clearly describe your reasons for pursuing an MA degree, research interests, previous studies, experience and your career objectives.
An electronic copy of your CV/Resume must be uploaded as a PDF attachment through the online application system.
Official Academic Transcripts
Upload a scan of ALL official university transcripts completed to date to the application system. Remember to include a copy of the transcript key/index or scale from the transcript.
Transcripts from institutions where you completed courses on Letter of Permission and/or as part of a Student Exchange Program must also be included.
If your institution produces official electronic transcripts that can be sent directly to other institutions select this option. The issuing institution must send the official transcript directly to Manuela Dozzi by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the official language of instruction at your institution is not English, please include both the original language document and a certified English translation.
DO NOT submit an unofficial transcript or a student record print unless the document shows your full name, student number, the university name (official branding), and contains all courses completed and in progress with final grades.
If you receive an offer of admission further instructions will be given on how to submit formal official transcripts.
Two (2) confidential academic reference reports from instructors most familiar with your academic work
All referees are required to complete the e-Reference.
McMaster University uses an Electronic Referencing System (e-Reference). You will be required to include an address for each referee. Your referees will receive an email message asking them to complete an e-Reference.
If you need to change your reference or referee email address after submitting your application, you may do so by navigating back to your application through the Application Status Portal
IMPORTANT: The system will send the e-Reference request to your references ONLY AFTER YOU SUBMIT your online application. This means that you will need to have completed AND uploaded your Statement of Interest and CV/Resume to your online application BEFORE you can click the “submit” button. References may require 2-4 weeks to complete the e-Reference reports. Referees MUST complete their reference report BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE of January 30. Please keep this in mind when you are working on your application.
English Language Proficiency (if applicable)
If English is not your native language, an official copy of your English Language Proficiency score or other evidence of competency in English is required. Such applicants are required to supply this evidence as part of your application. Applicants whose university studies were completed at an institution where English is deemed the official language of instruction may be exempted from this requirement (an official letter from the institution is required).
The English Proficiency exam must have been completed within 2 years of the application due date.
This requirement must be met prior to an offer of admission. There will be no exceptions to the language requirement.
The most common evidence is a score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
– TOEFL: minimum score is 92 (iBT-internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based). The McMaster University TOEFL/TSE Institution Code is 0936 and the Department Code for Political Science is 89.
– IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score is 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section.
NOTE: International students wishing to enter Canada on a study permit should also contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate for further information.
The system will charge a $110 (Canadian) application fee. This fee is non-refundable and payable by credit card only. If there is an issue with the payment, the application will not submit. When the payment is approved, you will receive an application acknowledgment email confirming that your application has been successfully submitted. Applications will not be considered for admission until an application fee has been paid.
How to Apply:
Each applicant is required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens October 1st each year and submit the required application documents listed above to complete the application.
ANY LATE OR MISSING DOCUMENTS WILL DELAY YOUR APPLICATION AND NOT BE REVIEWED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S ADMISSION COMMITTEE.
If required, send all official documents (official paper copy) to:
Department of Political Science
c/o Manuela Dozzi
Kenneth Taylor Hall 527 (KTH-527)
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
January 30, 2024 (for September 2024 admission)
We do not offer a Winter (January) or Spring/Summer (May) start date.
Financial Information, Scholarships and Awards
The awards listed below are only opened to current Political Science graduate students. Eligible students should apply to Mosaic.
The Ellen Louks Fairclough Scholarship in Political Science
The Ellen Louks Fairclough Memorial Scholarship in Political Science was established in 2004 to commemorate the life of The Right Honourable Ellen Louks Fairclough, P.C., C.C., F.CA., L.L.D., F.R.C.G.S., D.H., U.E., Canada’s first female federal cabinet minister and lifelong advocate for women’s rights. To be awarded to a student enrolled in a graduate program in Political Science who holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Preference will be given to a student with an interest in Canadian public policy.
The Political Science Travel Grant
To support research and professional development by assisting graduate students with costs related to doing field-work or attending academic conferences. This grant is open to both MA (thesis option) and PhD students. There are two rounds of applications each year with the deadlines being October 15th and January 30th.
To see additional information regarding awards and funding, please visit our Awards & Funding page.
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