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 this semester. Some professors and programs have moved to a Pass/Fail system, and all Carleton (and NPSIA) students will have the option of requesting a Pass/Fail mark instead of a letter grade for those classes that maintain standard grading.

We will make the same accommodations for students who will join the program in September, and for those who intend to apply for 2021-2022. Specifically, marks for the Winter semester will be assessed in a compassionate manner. Except in the case of failure, admission offers will not be withdrawn for students who complete their graduate program with simple PASS grades.

For next year (and 2022) applicants, our GPA calculation for the last two years–a key metric in our selection process–will take into account the disruption that is taking place this semester and, if need be, next Fall’s semester too. For instance, our admission assessment will not penalize students who get 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, 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.

Academic Requirements

Admission into the Ph.D. program will be judged primarily on the applicant’s ability to undertake research successfully and his/her prospects for completion of the program. Admission to the Ph.D. program is governed by the requirements stated in the General Regulations section of this Calendar.

The normal requirement for admission to the doctoral program in International Affairs is a Master’s degree in the social sciences with at least an A- average. A number of years of work experience is also desirable. Students who lack sufficient background at the graduate level in international affairs will be required to take supplementary courses extra to degree prior to admission.

In the case of those students who do not have any formal training in economics, they will have to complete introductory economics plus at least one full credit at the senior undergraduate level to be considered for admission. Students who are admitted to the doctoral program but lack sufficient specialization in their fields of study may be required to take additional courses at the graduate level in preparation for their field seminars.

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

  • Applicants to the School of International Affairs are expected to submit complete applications by January 31, in order to be considered for the first round of admissions.
  • The assessment of completed applications for the forthcoming academic year will begin after February 15.

Students who lack sufficient background at the graduate level in international affairs will be required to take supplementary courses extra to degree prior to admission. In the case of those students who do not have any formal training in economics, they must complete introductory economics plus at least one full credit at the senior undergraduate level to be considered for admission.

Carleton receives a large number of high quality applications from international students each year for a limited number of spaces. Funding from Carleton (including teaching and research assistantships) for international students is limited and is only available to a few outstanding international applicants. Therefore, international students must have sufficient funds to support their study in Canada. Successful applicants to NPSIA are notified towards the end of March. For information regarding applying for a study permit, please visit the Immigration and Citizenship Canada website at: IRCC.

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Application Information

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 on-line 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);
  • Preference Form;
  • Language Test Scores (if required);
  • Resume;
  • 1 Writing Sample (maximum 40 pages, 2MB limit)

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.  The School will continue to accept applications until August 31, however, any application received after January 31, will be held for second round consideration, only, and with no opportunity for funding. 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.

When completing your application for admission, you must indicate your primary field of interest:

  • International Conflict Management and Resolution
  • International Development Policy
  • International Economic Policy

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).

It is expected that students will 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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