Please visit our Admissions FAQ page for more information regarding NPSIA’s MA programs.

Fall 2021 Admissions Update

The deadline to be considered for first-round offers and funding opportunities for the MA program was January 31, 2021. We have now completed our first round, and we will continue to send out second-round offers throughout the spring and summer months on a rolling basis until August 31, 2021 (if space remains in the program).

Domestic student applications are currently still being accepted for possible second round consideration for the following fields: IEP and IDP. We are asking anyone considering applying at this time to hold a GPA of A- (80%) or above. International student applications are no longer being accepted for Fall 2021.

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

How to Apply

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)]

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