Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • hold an honours baccalaureate or equivalent with a minimum of a B+ average (based on Carleton University CGPA grade scale).*
  • demonstrate a commitment to and aptitude for political management through prior involvement in party or campus politics, grassroots organization, political advocacy, or similar experience.

* We have accepted applicants who have not met this requirement if they have extensive professional experience in political management.

Although there is no formal second language requirement for the degree, individuals preparing for political professions in Canada should have or develop a facility in French.

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not completed a previous degree at an English-language university must demonstrate fluency in English via any one of the criteria outlined on the Graduate Admissions website.

Required Documents

After you have submitted your online application and your application fee has been processed, you will be instructed on how to upload your required documents in Carleton Central. For complete information regarding required documents, please click here.

Our program requires:

Document/Forms Details
Transcript(s) All post-secondary transcripts are required and should be sent to Graduate Admissions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable when first applying. Official transcripts are required after an offer of admission is made and before registration in courses will be permitted.
Letters of Reference Two (2) are required. Recent graduates should submit letters from two former professors. Applicants with extensive work experience may submit letters from their place of employment.
Resume/CV One (1) is required.
Statement of Intent One (1) is required. This should outline your background, experience, and interest in the program (250-750 words limit).
Academic Writing Sample One (1) is required. Sample of solo-authored academic (or comparable) written work (20 page maximum).
Language Proficiency (ESL Test Scores) Required, if applicable. For Carleton’s ESL requirements and policies, please visit the ESL Requirements website.

Application Deadline

February 1st is the principal deadline for applications to the Political Management program for full-time students wishing to be considered for funding.  Please note: Applications received after the first deadline will only be reviewed and considered for admission if space remains available in the program.

We continue to accept applications for part-time studies on an ongoing basis.

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The application process for graduate studies at Carleton is the same for all prospective students and must be completed online. For complete information regarding the application process please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Tuition Fees

Program tuition fees vary from year to year, and according to the student’s residence and status. To calculate your approximate fees for this program please use Carleton’s Fee Estimator. Please note when using the Fee Estimator that full-time students in this program must remain continuously registered and pay tuition over the Fall, Winter and Summer terms of the one-year program.

More Information

For complete and detailed information about the program please consult the official Graduate Calendar.