Searching for an established, well known, international, interdisciplinary program?

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Do you want to be exposed to a wide range of disciplines such as political science, economics, law, sociology, public health and history?

Can you embrace our philosophy that an interdisciplinary program is essential to develop an understanding of our complex global environment?

Can you envision yourself as being one of many of Canada’s best and brightest graduate students in international affairs?

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) has well over 2,000 alumni, many of whom have gone on to key leadership positions in the federal and provincial governments, foreign governments, the United Nations, and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

NPSIA offers the most comprehensive, advanced degree programs in international affairs at the Masters and Doctoral level in Canada.

Co-op at NPSIA

We offer a competitive coop option so that students can get a jump-start on their career path within the first year!  Past placements have been in organizations like Global Affairs Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Department of Defence, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Indigenous Services, Canadian Border Services, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and so much more!  Click here for more information on the co-op program at Carleton.

Collaborative MA

We also offer the option of completing a collaborative MA with these three partner departments:

Latin American and Carribean Studies – This program gives students an opportunity to be part of an intellectual community that is excited about an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Latin America and the Caribbean. The 25 faculty members affiliated with the program are committed researchers and educators who will guide students through their program and introduce them to innovative methodological and theoretical approaches relevant to the study of the region. Students in the Collaborative LACS MA will hone research skills and develop critical abilities that position them for employment in public service or to further their academic pursuits.

African Studies – The Specialization in African Studies is designed especially for Carleton University master’s students in participating programs in the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Public Affairs and the Sprott School of Business who wish to enrich their training by developing expertise in African Studies through interdisciplinary

Data Science – Data science is the next frontier of information technology, but few universities offer programming in this area. Carleton’s new collaborative Master’s in Data Science is geared at graduate students and high-tech professionals who are interested in understanding how to analyze and use ‘big data’ sets collected by governments, industry, NGOs etc. for purposes such as generating personal recommendations for online shopping, improving the efficiency of health care delivery or predicting national security threats.

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Programs In International Affairs 2023

MA Program

Information on MA Admissions.

MA/JD Program

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PhD Program

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Fields of Study

Master’s Level

Fields of Study in the MA and MA/JD Programs

PhD Level

Fields of Study in the PhD Program