Carleton’s gradual return-to-campus began on August 23, 2021, in anticipation of the hybrid learning model being used for the Fall 2021 term.

This return to campus will be gradual and able to evolve to meet recommendations from Ottawa Public Health, Ontario Public Health and Health Canada guidelines.

Our hours of operation will be Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. To help ensure safe social distancing, NSPIA staff will be adopting a hybrid work schedule for the fall, being present in the office some days and working remotely on others. Regarding meetings and advising from staff, please email our office to look in to what options are available to arrange an appointment for your request.

For assistance, please contact the office at, and your email will be redirected to the appropriate contact. Please note there may be a delay in response time.

We are doing all we can to keep our community safe and to contribute to slowing the progression of COVID-19 in Ottawa and across the country. For more information, please visit Carleton’s COVID-19 webpage.

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA)

For over 50 years, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University has been training Canada’s best and brightest graduate students in international affairs. We have well over 2,100 alumni, many of whom have gone on to key leadership positions in the Canadian federal and provincial public service, foreign governments, international organizations, and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

NPSIA offers the most comprehensive, advanced degree programs in international affairs at the Masters and Doctoral levels in Canada. The NPSIA program is interdisciplinary, reflecting the philosophy that exposure to a wide range of disciplines such as political science, economics, law, sociology, public health and history is necessary to develop an understanding of our complex global environment.