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Department of Political Science Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Political Science

Master of Arts

The department has five fields of study: political theory and methodology; Canadian government and politics, including political behaviour and political economy; comparative government and politics; international relations, including foreign policy analysis and international political economy; public policy, public administration, local governance and administration.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the graduate general regulations, the department requires written statements of the student's current interests and proposed areas of research. Applications for graduate work will be considered with reference to the manner in which the proposed area of the candidate’s research coincides with faculty teaching and research interests. See the list of faculty for general research interests. Should additional course work be deemed necessary, the graduate studies committee will indicate the same as a prerequisite.

 

Degree Requirements

The MA program may be completed through either an extended essays or project option, a course-intensive option or thesis option. Students wishing to pursue the thesis option must receive approval from their supervisor. Except in extenuating circumstances, students may only transfer once.

In accordance with Graduate General Regulation 1.6.4, each student will be assigned a supervisory committee.

Extended Essays or Project Option

Students who choose the extended essays or project option will complete a total of six courses, including

POL 800 - Research Design in Political Science (5)

This course provides an introduction to designing research in political science. It aims to provide graduate students with the basic knowledge of how to set up their own research project, with an overview of the different ways in which they might do so and with the tools to critically assess existing research.

and one of

POL 802 - Political Research: Design and Analysis (5)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Mark Pickup
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby
POL 803 - Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science (5)

A survey of the principles and techniques of qualitative research design, methods, and data collection tools needed to conduct systematic qualitative political science research.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Clare McGovern
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby

And four additional courses from at least two of the department's five fields of study. The extended essays or project option also requires completion of either extended essays in two department fields of study or one research project. Students who choose the research project normally will submit a work with a maximum of 12,500 words, with substantial original content. If the extended essays option is chosen instead of a project, each extended essay will elaborate upon course work research and normally will not exceed 7,500 words. Both extended essays and research projects will be defended in an oral defence.

Thesis Option

In the thesis option, students must submit to the thesis supervisory committee a thesis proposal outlining a brief topic summary, its relevance, the methodology to be followed, a chapter-by-chapter outline, thesis completion timetable and a bibliography. The proposal must be approved by the thesis supervisory committee.

Students in the thesis stream complete a total of five courses, including

POL 800 - Research Design in Political Science (5)

This course provides an introduction to designing research in political science. It aims to provide graduate students with the basic knowledge of how to set up their own research project, with an overview of the different ways in which they might do so and with the tools to critically assess existing research.

and one of

POL 802 - Political Research: Design and Analysis (5)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Mark Pickup
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby
POL 803 - Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science (5)

A survey of the principles and techniques of qualitative research design, methods, and data collection tools needed to conduct systematic qualitative political science research.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Clare McGovern
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby

and three additional courses from at least two of the department's five fields of study.

Students also must write a thesis, normally 18,750 to 25,000 words in length (excluding bibliography) and defend it in an oral defence.

Course-intensive Option

Students in the course-intensive option will complete seven courses, including

POL 800 - Research Design in Political Science (5)

This course provides an introduction to designing research in political science. It aims to provide graduate students with the basic knowledge of how to set up their own research project, with an overview of the different ways in which they might do so and with the tools to critically assess existing research.

and one of

POL 802 - Political Research: Design and Analysis (5)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Mark Pickup
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5040, Burnaby
POL 803 - Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science (5)

A survey of the principles and techniques of qualitative research design, methods, and data collection tools needed to conduct systematic qualitative political science research.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Clare McGovern
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby

and five additional courses from at least two of the department's fields of study. Students will also be required to write either a take-home examination related to their coursework in one of their courses or pass an oral examination of a graduate course research (capstone) essay. For details on the format of the take-home exam and the capstone essay, students should consult the Political Science website or the Political Science Graduate Handbook.

Note: SFU students enrolled in the Accelerated MA within Political Science may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units, taken while completing the bachelor’s degree, towards the upper division undergraduate electives of the bachelor’s program and the requirements of the master’s degree. For more information go to: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future/academicprograms/AcceleratedMasters.html.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.