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 our Career Paths site, comprising of data 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!

Resources

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.

If you’re an alumnus of Political Science at Carleton University and wish to tell your story, please contact us for more information.

2020 to present

A thumbnail image of Maximilian Kallenbach, A Carleton University Political Science and University of Lucerne Alumni
Maximilian Kallenbach
Political Science Alumnus
Dual MA in Political Science


Khalid Shoukri
Political Science Alumnus
BA and MA in Political Science

A photo of Freshta Mohseni, a Carleton University Political Science Alumni
Freshta Mohseni
Political Science Alumna
BA in Political Science

2010 to 2019

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Andrew Retfalvi
Political Science Alumnus
BA in Political Science with Honours

A photo of Joanna Sweet, A Carleton Political Science Alumna
Joanna Sweet
Political Science Alumna
PhD in Political Science


Julia Parsons
Political Science Alumna
BA in Political Science with Honours

A thumbnail image of Agathon Fric, A Carleton University Political Science Alumni
Agathon Fric
Political Science Alumnus
BA in Political Science with Honours


Jasmin Pettie
Political Science Alumna
MA in Political Science


Megan Malone
Political Science Alumna
BA in Political Science and African Studies

A photo of Maria Jose Avendaño Chaves, a Carleton University Political Science Alumna
Maria Jose Avendaño Chaves
Political Science Alumna
BA in Political Science with Honours

A photo of Ivana Yelich, a Carleton University Political Science Alumna
Ivana Yelich
Political Science Alumna
BA in Political Science

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Alexandra Callinan
Political Science Alumna
BA in Political Science and Human Rights with Honours


Tejeshwar Sharma
Political Science Alumnus
BA in Political Science

2000 to 2009

A photo of Anca Gurzu, A Journalism and Political Science Alumna, 2009.
Anca Gurzu
Political Science Alumna
BA in Journalism and Political Science


Tyler Cox
Political Science Alumnus
BA in Political Science with Honours

A photo of Kiera Ladner, Carleton University Political Science Alumna of 2001
Kiera Ladner
Political Science Alumna
PhD in Political Science

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Robert Sibley
Political Science Alumnus
PhD in Political Science

David Coletto
David Coletto
Political Science Alumnus
MA in Political Science


Justin Ferguson
Political Science Alumnus
BA in Political Science with Honours

A photo of Timothy Ho, Carleton Political Science Alumni
Timothy Ho
Political Science Alumnus
BA in Political Science with Honours

A photo of Elad Ratson, Carleton University Political Science Alumni
Elad Ratson
Political Science Alumnus
BA in Political Science

A photo of Christopher Reed, Carleton University Political Science Alumnus
Christopher Reed
Political Science Alumnus
BA in Political Science with Honours

A photo of Stephen Chamber, Carleton University Political Science Alumnus
Stephen Dunbar
Political Science Alumnus
MA in Political Science


Eric Burton
Political Science Alumnus
BA in Political Science


Timothy B. Gravelle
Political Science Alumnus
BA in Political Science with Honours

A photo of Sem Ponnambalam, A Carleton University Political Science Alumni of 2006
Sem Ponnambalam
Political Science Alumna
BA in Political Science with Honours

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
Political Science Alumnus
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.

Pre-2000

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