Dual Master’s Degree with Department of Political Science, University of Lucerne, Switzerland
Beginning in the upcoming academic year 2018-2019, full-time Carleton MA students in Political Science can apply for admission to the Dual Master’s Degree Pathway offered in cooperation with the Department of Political Science (Politikwissenschaftliches Seminar) at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. Upon successful completion, students receive diplomas from Carleton University and from the University of Lucerne, each mentioning the partner institution and the Dual Master’s degree mode of study. Students can apply for admission to the Dual Master’s Degree Pathway upon admission to the MA program in Political Science or at the beginning of their first term.
Students admitted to the Dual Master’s Degree Pathway will spend two terms of their two-year MA program studying at the University of Lucerne, usually the winter and summer terms of their first year. In their second year of study, they will write a Master’s thesis (or with permission of the Graduate Supervisor, a major research essay) jointly supervised (or respectively, evaluated) by a faculty member from our department and our partner department at the University of Lucerne. The language of instruction and examination in the dual MA, including for courses offered at the University of Lucerne, is English.
Our department is the first to offer an international dual MA degree at Carleton. The dual MA option affords Political Science MA students an international academic experience that goes well beyond a study abroad program. Participating students will not only be taking courses with Swiss and other international students at the University of Lucerne, but have a genuinely international learning and research experience benefiting from the strengths and specializations of two different academic environments. Receiving diplomas from both participating universities will give them international credentials, which may open up further international professional or educational opportunities beyond the MA.
As the youngest university in Switzerland established in 2005, the University of Lucerne has quickly established itself as a thriving and dynamic academic institution with more than one hundred international partner universities. With a total number of close to 3000 students and cutting-edge facilities, it offers an equally intimate and up-to-date study experience in Switzerland’s sixth largest city. Despite its relatively small size the Department of Political Science at the University of Lucerne ranks among the top research institutions and offers the highest percentage of English-language instruction in Political Science in Switzerland. Lucerne’s picturesque medieval Old Town is located on the banks of Lake Lucerne amidst the snowcapped mountains of the Swiss Alps. Carleton Political Science MA students will be eligible for accommodation in student residences at the University of Lucerne.
Further information about the Dual Master’s Degree Pathway can be obtained from the Associate Graduate Supervisor, Prof. Hans-Martin Jaeger.