A Message to NPSIA Applicants Regarding COVID-19

Like you and the university you currently attend, Carleton University and NPSIA have had to quickly adapt to the situation created by COVID-19. We have modified our course delivery, as well as exam and grading procedures. For those applying for 2021-2022, the marks for the Winter semester of 2020 will be assessed in a compassionate manner.

Our GPA calculation for the last two years–a key metric in our selection process–will take into account the disruption that took place. For instance, our admission assessment will not penalize students who receive pass grades as a result of COVID-19. Reference letters that speak to academic performance will also play a role in admission consideration. Please note, however, that any other conditions of admission remain in place (such as introductory economics), as they are crucial to your success in the program.

If you have questions, please get in touch. Our office can be reached by email at international.affairs@carleton.ca.

Admissions Update

All final admission decisions have been made for Fall 2020 intake, and applications are now closed. Please note that applications are now open for Fall 2021 intake.

Academic Requirements

  1. All students entering the MA or MA/JD program must have a four year undergraduate degree or the equivalent. As we are an interdisciplinary program, we will accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds such as political science, international relations, global affairs, law, public policy, sociology, anthropology and economics. We welcome students with other backgrounds, for instance in Science, English or Arts, but encourage them to take a few undergraduate courses in international affairs to prepare for NPSIA. In some cases where the student is deemed by the admissions committee to have an insufficient background in international affairs, they may be required to complete up to two additional courses as part of their MA program.
  2. Under current practice, at least a high honours standing (B+ or 77% minimum GPA) is normally required to be considered for admission to the program.
  3. Students admitted to the NPSIA MA/JD program must have successfully completed a 1.0 credit standard first year course in introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics, with a minimum grade of B- before starting the program (ECON 1001 and ECON 1002 at Carleton, or an equivalent). Students can be made a conditional offer of admission to complete this requirement prior to starting the MA program. Not all economics courses or grades are accepted, so please contact the School if you have any questions.

Language Requirement

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs requires applicants whose native tongue is not English to be tested for proficiency in English.  NPSIA applicants must submit a CAEL Assessment™ score of a minimum of 70 or a TOEFL score of 250 computer-based or 100 iBT (minimum score of 25 in each of reading, writing, speaking and listening), or an IELTS score of 8.0, with a minimum of 7.5 in any subcategory.

How to Apply

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Students must apply separately to the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Sectionand to the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and be accepted by both institutions in accordance with the normal admission requirements of each program. Interest in pursuing the combined program must be specified in each application

Applicants to the School of International Affairs are expected to submit completed applications and upload all application documents by January 31 (full-time applications only). Note that MA/JD applications are admitted for the following fall term as Year 1 is the JD program and Year 2 is the MA program. Admitted students will be reviewed for funding in the winter term prior to the start of their admission, and students must successfully complete Year 1 of the JD program.

In order to apply to the school, and have your application package considered complete, you will need to complete a 2 step application process:

Step 1. Complete the online component of the application package, providing academic, referee and payment information.

An application fee, paid to OUAC, is required with the on-line portion of your application. Please review the payment information carefully when completing the on-line portion of your application. Payments may only be made by credit card.

Step 2. Once your application fee has been paid, you will receive an email, providing you with a Carleton account, and login information. You will upload the remainder of your application to this location.

Completed documents to be uploaded to your account: by the deadline date of January 31:

  • Statement of Intent (to be completed as a word document, and uploaded as a PDF file);
  • One official or unofficial transcript from each educational institution attended (unofficial transcripts can be uploaded for assessment purposes and  official transcripts will only be required if you are admitted to the program);
  • Two Referee Appraisal Forms (will be uploaded by your referees, once the referees have completed their appraisal forms);
  • Resume/CV;
  • Language Test Scores (if required)

It is your responsibility to ensure that all required supporting documentation is uploaded by January 31, in order to be considered for the first round of admissions and financial assistance. Hard copies or emailed copies are not accepted.

Applications received by January 31 will be considered for first round offers and funding possibilities. Successful first round applicants will be notified towards the end of March. The School will continue to accept applications until August 31, however, any application received after January 31 will be held for second round consideration and with limited funding opportunities. Applications received after the final August 31 deadline will not be considered for admissions.

While late applications will be accepted, applicants should recognize that admission to the School of International Affairs is extremely competitive. Late applicants may discover that all places for the next academic year have been filled.

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to rank their top 4 field choices (1-4). Each student admitted into the program will be placed into one of the 4 fields listed. Please visit the Graduate Calendar for a full description of each field:

  • Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution (CON)
  • International Development Policy (IDP)
  • International Economic Policy (IEP)
  • Security and Defense Policy (SDP)
  • Intelligence and International Affairs (IIA)
  • International Organizations and Global Public Policy (IOGP)
  • Health, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy (HDHP)
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (DFP)

All first round applications for full-time study will automatically be considered for financial support, which will include a scholarship and a teaching assistantship (the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Carleton University offers a number of teaching assistantships under which students work as teaching assistant during the school year).

Students are encouraged to seek additional external funding apart from any funding they may receive from the school [ie. Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program (OGS) or Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)]