Where can your degree take you?

Graduates of our programs have gone on to varied careers in the diplomatic core, academia, public service, policy analysis and opinion analysis fields, media and communications, law, research and consulting. They are employed in the public service at the federal, provincial, and municipal level; non-governmental and international organizations; think tanks, consultancies, and other private sector firms.

There are many career paths you can explore with a BA, an MA or a PhD in Political Science!

Find out what our Alumni have to say.

BA Alumni
MA Alumni
PhD Alumni

BA Alumni

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Freshta Mohseni, BA (2020)
Junior Policy Analyst, Federal Government


Julia Parsons, BA (2018)
Executive Assistant to MP Michelle Rempel Garner

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Rumya Nithiananthan, BA (2017)
Policy Analyst, Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch, Public Service and Procurement Canada

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Agathon Fric, BA (2011)
Criminal defence lawyer

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Andrew Retfalvi, BA (2012)
Director, Health & Life Sciences and Associate General Manager, Ontario @ Global Public Affairs


Megan Malone, BA (2011)
Senior Associate, Infrastructure & Information and Communication Technologies, Export Development Canada

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Maria Jose Avendaño Chaves, BA (2012)
Ethics Training Officer

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Ivana Yelich, BA (2015)
Director of Media Relations, Office of the Premier of Ontario

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Alexandra Callinan, BA (2012)
Lawyer and Founder of Callinan Immigration Law


Tejeshwar Sharma, BA (2014)
Senior Advisor, Access to Information and Privacy, Privy Council Office

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Alina Shams, BA (2013)
Advisor, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability at IAMGOLD Corporation


Anca Gurzu, BA/BJ (2009)
Reporter, POLITICO

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Jessica Parish, BA (2006)
Health Policy Analyst, Ontario Chiropractic Association


Tyler Cox, BA (2005)
Manager, Legislative Services at the City of Ottawa


Justin Ferguson, BA (2007)
Vice President, Indigena Capital Partner, Aruna Resort and Villas, Belize

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Timothy Ho, BA (2006)
Police Officer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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Elad Ratson, BA (2005)
Career Diplomat at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Founder & CEO of Vayehee

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Christopher Reed, BA (2005)
Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Office of Senator Stephen Greene, Nova Scotia

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Ryan Gauthier, BA (2006)
Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law


Eric Burton, BA (2005)
President and CEO of Factor 5 Group

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Andrea Mugny, BA (2004)
Procedural Clerk, House of Commons & Senate of Canada

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Sem Ponnambalam, BA (2002)
Co-founder and President of xahive


Jocelyne Guest, BA (2007)
Public Servant, Government of Canada

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Dirk Druet, BA (2005)
Affiliate Researcher for McGill University’s Centre for International Peace and Security Studies; Non-resident Fellow for the International Peace Institute


Timothy B. Gravelle, BA (2000)
Senior Manager, Research Science at SurveyMonkey

MA Alumni

David Coletto
David Coletto, MA (2005)
CEO, Abacus Data

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Stephen Dunbar, MA (2008)
Director of Research and Committee Advisory Services, Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly

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Courtney Lockhart, MA (2015)
Program Manager, Policy & Government Relations

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Lukas Jerusalimiec, MA (2018)
Research Officer


Jasmin Pettie, MA (2019)
Communications Coordinator


Khalid Shoukri, BA & MA (2020)
Policy Analyst at Public Safety Canada

Maximilian Kallenbach
Maximilian Kallenbach, Dual MA (2021)
Associate at the Embassy of Switzerland in Canada


Lashaunda Yates, MA (2019)
Advisor, Global Affairs Canada

PhD Alumni

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Joanna Sweet, PhD (2012)
Senior Associate Lawyer with Greg Monforton and Partners


Kiera Ladner, PhD (2001)
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Manitoba


Robert Sibley, PhD (2003)
Writer and Independent Scholar

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Gustavo Morales, PhD (2015)
Associate Professor & Director, Political Science, Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)

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David Perry, PhD (2016)
Vice President and Senior Analyst, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute

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Heather MacRae, MA (1998), PhD (2005)
Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics, York University

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Thomas Juneau, PhD (2012)
Associate professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

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Uğur Yıldız, PhD (2017)
Assistant Professor, International Relations, Aksaray University, Aksaray, Turkey

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Scott Streiner, (2002)
Senior Advisor, Deloitte; Mediator & Arbitrator, ADR Chambers

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Maggie FitzGerald, (2020)
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan

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Noah Schwartz, PhD (2021)
Assistant Professor (Limited Term Appointment), Department of Political Science, Concordia University

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David M Matijasevich, PhD (2015)
Political Science Instructor, Capilano University

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Andrea Wagner, PhD (2016)
Assistant Professor, MacEwan University; Consultant for Bertelsmann Foundation

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Ajay Parasram, PhD (2017)
Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

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John Cappucci, PhD (2014)
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Assumption University; Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict; Assistant Professor, Assumption University.

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Jack MacLennan, PhD (2016)
Assistant Professor of Political Science; Graduate Program Director for National Security Studies; and also currently serving as the Park University Faculty Senate President (AY 21-22, Second Term).

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Wesley Petite, PhD (2021)
Policy Advisor for the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities

Additional Resources

More data on our Political Science graduates’ career successes is available on the Faculty of Public Affairs Career Paths website.

Carleton’s Career Services Office will help you prepare to start your career upon graduation.