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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #151 (ARWU) Waterloo, Canada
From civil unrest in the Middle East to international trade negotiations, today’s political landscape is complex. Learn how to navigate (and shape) that terrain with a Political Science degree from the University of Waterloo.
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Overview

Investigate a wide range of topics, or dive deep with a specialization in Canadian Politics, Global Governance, International Relations, or Politics and Business.

Either way, you’ll hone your analytical, writing, critical thinking, and research skills in a mix of lectures, seminars, and workshops. At the Political Science program offered by the University of Waterloo you’ll also get an insiders’ perspective, studying with top scholars involved in current international policy debates. Gain an understanding of comparative politics, international relations, social sciences, and political theory. If you want to apply your teachings early, you can choose the co-op stream and get some work experience while going through your degree.

Graduate ready to make a difference. Now more than ever, the world needs savvy movers and shakers equipped to respond to current events.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Junior policy analyst
  • Public affairs coordinator
  • Information technology communications coordinator
  • Economic analyst
  • Inside sales/marketing promotion representative
  • Junior business systems analyst
  • Talent acquisition assistant
  • Research analyst

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Government
  • Introduction to Global Politics
  • World Politics
  • The Politics of Decolonization
  • Globalization
  • Global Food and Agricultural Politics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied. (online)

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including:

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35300 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35300 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    7200 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7200 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Waterloo

  • 810 - 1450 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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