Applicant Info Sessions
Prospective students are invited to learn more about the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs’ MA program in our info sessions hosted by Prof. Leah West, Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Yiagadeesen Samy, Director of NPSIA and Neil Gill, MA Recruitment and Program Administrator.
You can find information for all of our upcoming info sessions, in the Events section of our website, including the form to register for upcoming sessions. To register for our next upcoming info session, please click here
Please visit our Admissions FAQ page for more information regarding NPSIA’s MA programs.
Applications to the MA program for Fall 2022 are now open. The deadline to be considered for first-round offers and funding opportunities is January 31, 2022. The final application deadline is August 31, 2022.
A Message to NPSIA Applicants Regarding COVID-19
Our GPA calculation for the last two years–a key metric in our selection process–will take into account the disruption that took place. Our admission assessment will not penalize students who receive pass grades as a result of COVID-19, and the marks for the Winter semester of 2020 will be assessed in a compassionate manner.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply
To apply to the School and have your application package considered for review, you will need to complete the online application process:
Step 1. Sign up for a Carleton360 account.
Step 2. Complete your application by providing all of the required information and documents.
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);
- Language Test Scores (if required)
Step 3. Pay the application fee. The application fee is paid directly to Carleton University by Visa, MasterCard or INTERAC Online at the end of the application process. You must submit and pay for your application in order for it to be processed further.
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)]