Application deadline is January 31 to be guaranteed consideration for first round offers and funding; and August 31 for possible second round offers. Funding is not guaranteed for second round applications.

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Applicants to the School of International Affairs are expected to submit completed applications and upload all application documents by January 31, in order to be considered for the first round of admissions, and to be guaranteed consideration for funding (full-time applications only).

The assessment of completed applications for the forthcoming academic year will begin after February 15 .

Students admitted to the NPSIA MA program must have successfully completed a full year course in introductory economics (micro and macro with a grade of 70%/B- or better in each course) before they start the program. Students who have not completed an introductory economics course at the time of their application will have their admission into the program made conditional upon its successful completion prior to beginning the program.

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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada website at:


Applicant English Language Requirements

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs requires all applicants whose native tongue is not English be tested for proficiency in the English language. Presenting a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) result, or a Carleton Academic English Language (CAEL) assessment may satisfy this requirement.

For information on the TOEFL, please contact:

Test of English as a Foreign Language,
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151
Web site:

The School of International Affairs requires a minimum TOEFL result of:

  • 250 (computer based) or
  • 100 iBT/Next Generation (minimum score of 25 in each of reading, writing, speaking and listening), prior to registration in the MA program. The institution code for Carleton is 0854 and the department code is 88.  The results of the test will be sent directly to the of Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs Office at Carleton University, 512 Tory Building, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, Canada.

For information on the CAEL assessment, please contact:

The CAEL Assessment Office
Paragon Testing Enterprises
110-2925 Virtual Way
Vancouver, BC
V5M 4X5

Tel: 1-855-520-2235 Fax:  604-253-1287
Web site:

The School of International Affairs requires a minimum CAEL result of 70 prior to registration in the MA program. This minimum result is the equivalent to a TOEFL score of 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based), or 100 iBT/Next Generation.


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 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);
  • Language Test Scores (if required);
  • Resume.

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.  All first round applications for full-time study will automatically be considered for financial support.  The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at Carleton University offers a number of teaching assistantships under which students work as teaching assistant during the school year. In addition, the School of International Affairs has a number of fellowships of its own, which it awards annually to incoming students.

When completing your application for admission, you must indicate the program to which you are applying, and if the application is for full-time or part-time admission.

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to rank their top choices (1-4).  Each student admitted into the program will be placed into a field.

Below is a list of our fields:

International Economic Policy (IEP)
Provides a foundation in basic international economic theory and examines policy questions and applications to institutional arrangements in areas of trade, foreign direct investment, finance, international economic law, and other international economic relations.
Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution (CON)
Examines causes and dynamics of interstate and intrastate peace and conflict, explores theoretical and practical dimensions of the prevention, management and resolution of international and civil wars, disputes and crises.
International Development Policy (IDP)
Examines the difficulties faced by poor and developing countries and the policy responses that have emerged at the international level, including development assistance, international institutions and regional cooperation.
Security and Defence Policy (SDP)
Examines the core theories, concepts, challenges and controversies in security and defence studies in the context of applied policy issues such as national security, defence policy, civil-military relations, foreign policy, and proliferation of weapons.
Health, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy (HDHP)
Examines global health challenges and humanitarian crises, including refugees and displacement, analyses how these issues impact socio-economic development and security, and assesses international responses.
Intelligence and International Affairs (IIA)
Examines the function, limits and impact of intelligence collection and analysis in foreign and international security policy, using both theoretical and practical approaches.
International Organizations and Global public Policy (IOGP)
Examines the role of states and other policy actors in addressing global policy problems. Global governance for policy problems encompasses international law, the formal UN system of international organizations as well as more ad hoc approaches with a greater role for nonstate actors. Specific policy issues analyzed include the environment and public health.
Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (DFP)
Examines the theory, legal framework and practice of diplomacy and foreign policy, and analyzes the statecraft of Canada and major world powers, as well as regional inter-state relations.




Application Fee Payment

To cover administrative costs, a non-refundable fee is required when completing the on-line portion of your application package. Please review the payment information carefully when completing the on-line component of your application package, as you will be provided details regarding the fee amount and the payment process.