Where can your degree take you?

There are many career paths you can explore with a BA, an MA or a PhD in Political Science! In addition to those who have secured full-time tenure-track academic appointments, graduates of our programs have gone on to varied careers as diplomats and ambassadors, professors in academia, ministers and deputy ministers, policy analysts, information and communications officers, journalists, lawyers, pollsters, lobbyists, and consultants. 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.

If you’re visiting this page to learn more about what types of careers are available with a Political Science Degree. We invite you to visit Career Paths at the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) website, comprising data as current as 2015 from more than 15,000 Faculty of Public Affairs graduates. Choose a program that best suits your career aspirations, or contact our Admin office, where we can discuss a variety of surprising job opportunities you may never have imagined!


For Graduate Students: How to Build your Career Skills and Development

Carleton offers various workshops and programs to help graduate students build their career skills and development. Explore the centralized listing of professional development events and workshops, updated regularly. All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome. Graduate Professional Development Calendar

Read what our Alumni have to say.

Our Alumni are the backbone, our community ambassadors, our successes. Our graduates are pushing at the frontiers of political science in Canada and beyond. We invite you to read some examples to share our alumni stories, and they might assist in imagining the type of career you can have in the future. Expertise in political science, critical thinking, and effective communication are highly desirable and sought-after skillset in our rapidly changing world. Read and explore what some of our Alumni have to say.

We welcome contributions! If you’re Carleton University Political Science alumni and wish to tell your story, please contact us.

2020 to present

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

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

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

2010 to 2019

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

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

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

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Agathon Fric, BA (2011)
Criminal defence lawyer

Jasmin Pettie, MA (2019)
Communications Coordinator

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

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

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Lukas Jerusalimiec, MA (2018)
Research Officer

2000 to 2009

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

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

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

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Robert Sibley, PhD (2003)
Writer and Independent Scholar

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

In their own words

Listen to what our Alumni have to say. Join PhD candidate Asif Hameed, host of the Carleton University Political Science Podcast, in a one-on-one discussion with our alumni members as they explore how a degree in Political Science at Carleton shaped their future, careers, and lives.

A photo of Ravi Malhotra, a Carleton University Political Science Alumni.
Ravi Malhotra
BA in Political Science with joint Honours in Law

We want to introduce you to Ravi Malhotra, a full professor in the Faculty of Law – Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa, the first of potentially many interviews with our alumni.


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