36 months
19534 CAD/module
8415 CAD/module
Tuition fee
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In the Political Studies program at Mount Saint Vincent University, they emphasize three important areas of the discipline of political science: Canadian politics (both national and regional), political thought (both classical and contemporary) and international affairs. 

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Political Studies looks at socio-political change, conflict and governance at all levels of society, from the local to the global stage. Political ideas and values mold our society and shape the way we see and think. Political Studies helps you understand why governments make the decisions they do, teaches you to critically evaluate these decisions and allows you to be an informed, active citizen.

Students of the Political Studies program at Mount Saint Vincent University are also provided with tools essential to creating and implementing policy change. As a Political Studies student, you’ll educate yourself in how political systems work, look at the sources of local, national and international conflict and grapple with current issues in political life. As an example, take a look at some of the work our students have done in the POLS 3310 – American Politics in the Age of Trump – course:

  • Pre-Election Predictions Blog POLS 3310 (PDF)
  • Presidential Election Results overview POLS 3310 (PDF)
  • Elections Post-mortem blog POLS 3310 (PDF)

Career Options

A frequently asked question is –what can I do with a degree in political studies? The simple answer is – many things. A degree in Political Studies opens diverse career opportunities.

For example, recent graduates have found careers as:

  •  Lawyer
  •  Manager, Communications in the Canadian Armed Forces
  •  Intelligence Analyst in the Canadian Armed Forces
  •  Teacher
  •  Journalist with CNN in India
  •  Manager for a Recreational Facility

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Government, Law and Leaders 
  • State, Democracy and Change in the Global Era
  • Citizenship, Identity and Diversity in Canada
  • Law, Government and Politics in Canada 
  • People, Power and Politics in Canada 
  • Public Policy and the Public Interest 
  • Atlantic Canada: Society and Politics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission from high school must submit a completed application, the application fee, and have an official transcript of the high school record forwarded directly from the high school to the Admissions Office.
  • Applicants who have previously attended another post-secondary college or university and those attending while making an application to the Mount may be eligible for transfer credits. Applicants must submit official documents of all previous academic work regardless of whether they are seeking recognition of transfer credits for a particular program. Students who fail to declare prior study or to supply such documentation may be denied admission to the University or be dismissed upon subsequent discovery.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    19534 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19534 CAD per module during 36 months.
  • National

    8415 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8415 CAD per module during 36 months.
  • National: (10 courses) $8,415 – $8,833
  • International: (10 courses) $19,534- $19,951

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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