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 Except in the case of failure, admission offers will not be withdrawn for students who complete their graduate program with simple PASS grades.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



NPSIA’s PhD program focuses on multidisciplinary policy-relevant research in the area of international affairs. Our objective is to train graduates to have the subject matter expertise and analytical skills that will allow them to become sophisticated consumers and producers of research, critical thinkers on international policy issues, and contributors to the academic and policy worlds.

The program features three broad fields of study: International Conflict Management and Resolution, International Development Policy, and International Economic Policy. In addition to a seminar that critically examines the essential literature of their chosen field, students have the opportunity to take related classes that reflect their specific interests. All students receive training in policy analysis and applied qualitative and quantitative methodology, in order to develop the skills needed to undertake research in their area of interest, and to complete their dissertation.

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