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 when offer of admission is made.
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 academic 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. Most programs have two application deadlines. Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first deadline to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Please note: Applications received after the first deadline will only be reviewed and considered for admission if space remains available in the program.

We will continue accepting applications for part-time studies after Feb 1.

How to Apply

Application Website ButtonThe 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.

Financial Support

All students who apply to the Political Management Program will be considered for funding. A separate application is not required. In order to be considered for funding, you must submit a completed application (including all required documents) before the first deadline. The program does not offer teaching or research assistantships. For more information on awards and funding click here.

Program tuition fees vary from year to year and from person to person, to calculate your approximate fees for this program please use Carleton’s Fee Estimator. Please note when using the Fee Estimator that students in this program will be considered full-time students over the course of the Fall, Winter and Summer terms.

More Information

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