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 Except in the case of failure, admission offers will not be withdrawn for students who complete their graduate program with simple PASS grades.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.

Our office can also be reached by email at international.affairs@carleton.ca.

PhD Program Information

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. The normal requirement for admission to the doctoral program is a Master’s degree in the social sciences with a minimum A- (80%-84%) GPA. A number of years of work experience is also desirable, though not mandatory.

NPSIA’s PhD program is multidisciplinary. Applicants are required to have prior training in international relations and economics. The normal requirement is at least one course in international relations, one full credit in introductory macro and micro economics, plus one senior undergraduate level economics course. In addition, 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, with the exception for those who obtained their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree within the past three years in a country in which the primary language is English, and where the language of instruction in the relevant educational institution was 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

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