Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management

“Politics are the essential profession of democracy, and the hardest of all professions to master.”
– Bruce Hutchison

As political staff to cabinet ministers and elected representatives, strategists and tacticians for political parties, campaign managers and communication officers, policy advocates for civil society organizations and grassroots movements, they are essential to democratic practice and to the institutions and apparatus of contested politics.  However, until now there has been no formal education available to them in the professional skills of applied politics in Canada.

In response, Carleton University has created Canada’s first graduate program in political management: an intensive master’s degree designed to provide a professional foundation for students who will go on to leadership roles in political offices, parties, non-governmental organizations, or firms that specialize in government relations, communications, or public opinion research. The program will equip them to contribute to a more constructive politics and well-informed policy decisions.

The Political Management program supports