The Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science offers rigorous, focused study in two fields of Political Science; students choose from Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Canadian Politics, Public Policy and Gender and Diversity. We also offer a PhD Political Science with a Specialization in Political Economy. In addition, doctoral students are eligible to apply for the Collaborative PhD in Political Economy.
The PhD program emphasizes the development of theoretical competence and rigorous analytical skills in the study of politics. Students choose two of the following fields: political theory, Canadian politics, comparative politics, international relations, and public affairs and policy analysis. All of these fields are well represented by internationally-recognized faculty members who are available for research supervision. Through our research, Carleton political scientists are contributing to a better understanding of how politics works, and how political systems can be transformed to promote democracy, human rights and the public good.