Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Political Science

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Offered by: Political Science     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

Thesis

A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses

  • POLI 701 Ph.D. General Written Examination First Field

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination that must be passed by all doctoral candidates in order to continue in the doctoral program.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • POLI 702 Ph.D. General Written Examination Second Field

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination that must be passed by all doctoral candidates in order to continue in the doctoral program.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • POLI 799 Ph.D. Oral Comprehensive Examination

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination that must be passed by all doctoral candidates in order to continue in the doctoral program.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Complementary Courses (13 courses)

13 courses at the 500, 600, or 700 level chosen as follows:

Major Fields: 8 courses

Four courses chosen in first major field.
Four courses chosen in second major field.

Note: One course out of the eight must be a 700-level research seminar in one of the major fields.

Political Theory: 1 course

One course in political theory at the 500, 600, or 700 level.

Methods: 1 course

  • POLI 612 Research Methods in Political Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Political Science : This seminar offers an overview of the fundamental principles of political science research. Emphasis is placed on acquainting students with the methods and techniques most commonly used by political scientists. Topics include research project design, procedures for carrying out research, as well as both qualitatively- and quantitatively-oriented methods of data collection, processing, and analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Elisabeth Gidengil (Fall)

or another suitable Advanced Methods course.

Additional Courses: 3 courses

Three additional courses of which at least one must be outside the student's major fields.

Advanced Research Tools

Language Requirement: Students must pass an advanced-level translation test from a language other than English. If the student's research will involve field work in a country where English is not widely spoken, the test will include an oral component. In selecting a language to fulfil this requirement, the student must demonstrate in writing how the chosen language is related to his or her research.

OR

Advanced Statistical Methods: To fulfil this requirement, students must complete a course (at the 500, 600, or 700 level) in advanced statistical methods.

Faculty of Arts—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 23, 2017) (disclaimer)