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PhD Political Science

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
20530 CAD
National
7030 CAD

Application fee

International 120 CAD
National 120 CAD
Department
Department of Political Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)93
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
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About this course

The Department of Political Science offers MA students a choice of three fields of study, as approved through the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies:  Political Theory, Political Science and the Political Economy of International Development.   All three fields offer suitable preparation for students who anticipate future doctoral study and also for those intending to directly launch their careers.

All MA students are required to complete at least four full-credit equivalents in total and all courses selection must be approved by the MA Supervisor.

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Eligibility Criteria

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats: the traditional paper-based format (only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries), and the Internet-based format (IBT). Applicants in countries where the Internet-based testing is not available must register for the paper-based TOEFL which includes the Test of Written English (TWE) component. The Internet-based tests automatically include an essay rating component which is similar to the TWE. All applicants must satisfy a minimum score requirement on the TOEFL and on the TWE/Essay Rating component to be considered for admission. The table below lists the minimum TOEFL score requirements set by each of the four SGS academic divisions.

Minimum required score: 7.0 (Academic)with at least 6.5 for each component.

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules. It is the Reading and Writing components that differ. The Academic version of IELTS measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. This is the format that is required for an application to the University of Toronto.

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Course Modules

Doctoral students starting their programs September 2009 or later are required to declare two fields of study. The choices within each field are noted below. Returning PhD students (those who began their programs before September 2009) may opt to follow their current program or switch to the new requirements. By switching, students will be required to satisfy all requirements in the new program.

Field 1 choices:

  • Political Theory
  • Canadian Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics

Field 2 choices:

  • Political Theory
  • Canadian Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Development Studies
  • Public Policy

Each field has a core course which, with the exception of Political Theory, must be taken by students who have chosen the field as one of their fields of study. Core courses attempt to provide an overview of the field, though with some variation from year to year, reflecting the views of instructors and changes in the literature. Political Theory is organized a little differently. Although the core course in Political Theory is not required, it is good preparation for writing the Field Examination in Political Theory. The core course in Field 1 should be taken in the first year of the Ph.D. program, and many students also take the second core course in that year.

The Core courses are as follows:

  • POL2000Y – Comparative Studies in the History of Political Thought
  • POL2100Y – Government of Canada
  • POL2200Y – International Politics
  • POL2318H – Comparative Public Policy & Theory
  • POL2400H – Theories & Issues – The Politics of Development
  • POL2700Y – Comparative Politics

 

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How to Apply

Application Materials
Applicants must upload the following supporting documents (with the exception of the portfolio) to the SGS online application:

Transcripts
Upload unofficial transcripts  electronically to the SGS online application. Include a legend to your university’s grading scheme with the unofficial transcript.

References
Your three required references must be from University/College faculty who know you well enough to be familiar with your strengths and weaknesses. If you already hold a graduate degree, your previous supervisor MUST be one of the three referees. The equivalent of a supporting letter must be included in the “comments” section of the Confidential Assessment Report.

Applicants enter referees’ contact coordinates, including an institutional email address (gmail, yahoo, hotmail, etc. are not recognized) into the online application. The application system automatically contacts referees by email with a link through which they can upload a reference.

Résumé/CV
Upload a current copy of your résumé or CV to the online application.

Letter of Intent
Upload a one page statement describing your interest in Biomedical Communications. Include your name and applicant number on the statement.

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