We’re pleased to offer students an M.A. Program unlike any other in Canada. We attract passionate and promising candidates from all parts of the country, each with their own research backgrounds and diverse academic interests. A common misconception is that Political Economy is best suited for students with Economics or Political Science research backgrounds, however our graduate programs attract successful students with a diverse range in backgrounds such as Sociology, Communications, Political Science, Economics, History, Geography, African Studies, Public Affairs and many other related disciplines. Click here to see some of the past thesis and research papers that have been completed by M.A. Students.

On this page, you will find a guide for what you need to know before applying and after applying to the program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our administrator Donna Coghill.

Prerequisites for Consideration:

A four-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with at least a B+ average in a relevant discipline

  • The normal requirement for admission to the master’s program is an honours B.A., with at least high honours standing in one of the disciplines represented in the Institute. Prospective applicants without such qualifications may be considered for admission if they have both a strong academic record and relevant work experience.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Political Economy is a 5.0 credit program, one of which may be at the 4000 (honours undergraduate) level. A student studying full-time typically takes two years to complete the program. Students wishing to study part-time are easily accommodated, but take longer to complete their degree.

Each candidate, in consultation with the Institute, must select and follow one of two optional patterns:

  1. 3.0 credits (or the equivalent), a thesis equivalent to 2.0 credits, and an oral examination of the thesis.
  2. 4.0 credits (or the equivalent), a research essay equivalent to 1.0 credit, and an oral examination of the research essay.

(A one-semester seminar is usually valued at half a credit)

Whichever pattern is selected, all students in the Institute are required to take

  • PECO 5000 Theories of Political Economy
  • PECO 5001 The Methodology of Political Economy

All master’s candidates must maintain at least B standing (grade point average of 8.0). A candidate may, with the recommendation of the Institute and the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, be allowed a grade of C+ in 0.5 credits.

Applications are now being accepted

  • Fall 2019 (begins September 1) – Deadline is February 01, 2019 to be considered for funding and August 31, 2019 to be considered for admission and funding if space and funds remain

What you need in order to apply:

  1. Two confidential Referee Appraisal Forms. These are generated electronically to those listed on your OUAC Application form. Ensure the information is correct and the referees have been informed of their role. Referees should be able to comment on your academic background and aptitude for graduate school.
  2. One copy of Academic Transcripts/Audits from the university or universities you have attended. If you are currently completing your undergraduate degree, upload an interim transcript/audit before the February 1 deadline. Upon recommendation of admission, original official transcripts will be required.
  3. One Statement of Intent outlining your interests and objectives in the Political Economy program. The statement should point to who you are, why you wish to study political economy, what you hope to achieve in our program, and how it can satisfy your own interests.


  1. African Studies Specialization Form for applicants interested in applying to the collaborative master’s program in African Studies.
  2. One Resumé/Curriculum Vitae.
  3. One Writing Sample – a written work or essay that you feel displays your skills as a writer, researcher or thinker.

Refer to the Carleton University graduate calendar for more information concerning general admission procedures.

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Registering for Courses: Dates & Deadlines

The online graduate calendar contains course descriptions for you to browse before registration. The class schedule is now available here on Carleton Central, the site where you will go to register online for your full year of courses.

June 23rd is the day Registration for graduate students begins

The actual time of day will depend on the last two digits of your student number. You may register anytime thereafter. The registration schedule for graduate students is online at http://www.carleton.ca/registrar/registration/time-tickets.

August 25th  is the last day to complete your registration, including fee payment, without incurring a late registration fee, however you have until September 20th to change courses without penalty.  In the first week of classes, you may wish to informally attend or investigate other courses that you may consider taking in lieu of the optional ones in which you have registered.

Before you can register, you will need to consult with Administrator Donna or Director Cristina Rojas concerning your courses