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Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #251 (WUR) Burnaby, Canada
The Political Science program offered by Simon Fraser University prepares you to  make vital choices about who should govern their cities, provinces, and countries. 
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Political scientists look at the decisions that societies make to organize and govern themselves; and from there, how to make societies better. Students in political science learn analytical and argumentation skills, going on to work for government, media, education and more. The Political Science program is offered by Simon Fraser University.

Career Opportunities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Author
  • Community Worker
  • Customs Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Event Coordinator
  • Financial/Economic Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Politician
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Retail Manager
  • Teacher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Politics and Government
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Data and Decisions 
  • Research Methods in International Studies
  • Research Methods in Political Science
  • Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Canadian Government
  • Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to International Politics
  • Introduction to Canadian Public Administration
  • The Administration of Justice
  • Research Design
  • Politics and Ethics
  • Introduction to Canadian Politics
  • Canadian Political Economy
  • US Politics
  • Local Democracy and Governance
  • Introduction to the Public Policy Process
  • Directed Practice in Political Science
  • Directed Readings in Political Science
  • Honours Essay

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

Graduation from a university-preparatory program at a senior high school

Submit a transcript which includes grades for all courses completed and final grades for the first semester of Senior Year. (An admission average is calculated on final year results.)

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  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    979 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 979 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    195 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 195 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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