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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Applied Politics (MAP)


Our Master of Applied Politics (MAP) program provides you with a “hands-on” graduate program that incorporates research and professional elements. The MAP program will offer you practical skills – such as policy, electoral and media analysis, survey instrument design, and problem solving in domestic and international contexts – that are grounded in the theoretical foundations of the discipline of political science. Matched with a dynamic and diversified faculty, the MAP program will deliver an effective learning experience that is designed to facilitate your success.

Don’t Get Lost in the Crowd

Laurier provides many opportunities for you to work closely with active researchers. Whether in classes, through supervision of your projects, or through work as a teaching or research assistant, you’ll be in frequent and direct contact with faculty members. This level of engagement adds to your experience, placing you on the right path to explore your passion and excel at your desired career.

Practical Skills and Application

All of our courses are designed to incorporate applied elements through experimentation, simulation and interactive projects. Our faculty utilize their broad networks to bring you into direct contact with practitioners who can share their experiences. The program encourages you to develop a range of skills related to the works of policy, public service, advocacy and the private sector.

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General Inquiries

T: 519.884.0710 x3374

Info for Current Students

Department of Political Science


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000). 
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive an average of $14,500 a year. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Our diverse faculty offer research expertise in:

  • International relations and cross-border governance.
  • Public policy (e.g. social, aboriginal, environmental, (multi)cultural, migration).
  • International political economy and trade.
  • Public opinion, elections and parties.
  • Canadian politics (e.g. multi-level governance, Quebec).
  • Area studies (e.g. North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America).
  • International human rights.

Many of our faculty are associated with research centres, including the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy and the world-renowned Balsillie School of International Affairs and Centre for International Governance Innovation.


  • A four-year (honours) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in political science or a related field.
  • A minimum B+ average in your last two years of undergraduate study.
  • An honours graduate from a program other than political science may be admitted if evidence justifying admission is offered and the student has completed a minimum of two courses in political science, one of which must have a social science theory component; research methods is strongly recommended.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, statement of interests, a writing sample and letters of reference.


Our graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • law (e.g. litigator, legal assistant)
  • public service (e.g. policy analyst, economic development officer)
  • business and trade sector (e.g. communications officer, policy/legal analysis)
  • market research (e.g. public opinion analyst)
  • advocacy and non-profit sector (e.g. researcher, lobbyist, policy/legal analysis)
  • politics (e.g. political aide, legislative analysis)
  • journalism (e.g. press officer, print journalist)
  • education

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