A More Inclusive International Affairs Program

Events of the past few months have brought into focus some of the systemic inequities that
persist in our society. Although the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA)
continues to be ranked as the best school in Canada for students considering a career in policy,
we do not take our success for granted. Our commitment to continue to offer a world class
education and graduate experience to our students demand that we constantly evolve and adapt
to the needs of our time.

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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.


Carleton University has closed all non-essential services in order to follow recommendations from Ottawa Public Health.  The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs is, therefore, operating online and staff are working remotely.

For assistance, please contact the office at international.affairs@carleton.ca, 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.