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Master of Arts in International Relations*

International Relations, Global Politics, Globalization, Global Political Economy

M.A.Master of Arts in International Relations*

International Relations, Global Politics, Globalization, Global Political Economy

Note: *The Department of Political Science is in the process of recommending changes to the MA program in International Relations, effective September, 2019 subject to required approval. The Degree will change its name from a Master of Arts in International Relations to a Master of Arts in Global Politics.

Undertake advanced graduate course work and a major research paper in one of the leading centres of critical international relations.  Critical approaches to international relations reveal the unequal power relations of world order and seek to challenge those conditions.  Critical IR draws on a wide variety of theoretical traditions including constructivist, ecological, feminist, historical materialist, postcolonial, and postructural approaches.  McMaster is particularly strong in the areas of postcolonialism, alternative diplomacy, critical security studies, citizenship studies and international political economy.  Our faculty and their areas of expertise include:

Marshall Beier - Critical approaches to security, militarization of childhood, Indigineity and IR, IR theory

Stephen McBride - Comparative and Canadian political economy, austerity

Peter Nyers - Critical security studies, citizenship, refugee and migrant politics

Robert O’Brien - IPE, labour internationalism, global civil society, climate change, global governance

Tony Porter – IPE, business regulation and global governance, global finance

Alina Sajed - Postcolonial IR, political violence and revolution, global south

Lana Wylie - Canadian and US foreign policy, alternative diplomacy, Cuba

A. GLOBAL POLITICS STREAM

1. Five three unit courses including:

4 International Relations courses; 3 in major stream (one of which must include POLSCI 772),

1 other International Relations course (Global Politics or GPE)

1 additional graduate course (IR, Political Science, Globalization, or Other)

2. MA International Relations Colloquium course / POLSCI 775*

3. Major Research Paper (10,000 words) / POLSCI 708*

B. GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY STREAM

1. Five three unit courses including:

4 International Relations courses; 3 in major stream (one of which must include POLSCI 774),

1 other International Relations course (Global Politics or GPE)

1 additional graduate course (IR, Political Science, Globalization, or Other)

2. M.A. International Relations Colloquium course / POLSCI 775*

3. Major Research Paper (10,000 words) / POLSCI 708*


II. LIST OF IR COURSES

A. Global Politics Stream courses*

705 Global Public Policy

708 MA IR Major Research Paper

715 Liberalism and Imperialism

717 Political Violence and Revolution

756 Politics and Its Others

757 Theories of Political Community

758 Cosmopolitanism and Its Critics

767 Politics of the Global South: An International Relations Perspective

771 Advanced Concepts in International Relations Theory

772 Theories of International Politics

773 Selected Topics in International Politics

775 MA IR Colloquium

776 Advanced Issues in Critical Security Studies

777 Global Governance

788 Comparative Foreign Policy: Canadian and US Foreign Policy

796 Research Design and Methods

* not all courses listed are offered each year.

 

B. Global Political Economy Stream*

712 International Trade and Development (GLOBALST 712)

705 Global Public Policy

708 MA IR Major Research Paper

715 Liberalism and Imperialism

768 Political Economy of Global Climate Change

769 Political Economy of East Asia

774 Global Political Economy

775 MA IR Colloquium

777 Global Governance

782 Development Theory and Administration

789 Global Finance

796 Research Design and Methods

 * not all courses listed are offered each year.

 

C. Other courses of interest*

701 Topics in Globalization Studies I (GLOBALST 701)

704 Global Social Policy (GLOBALST704)

718 Global Actors Beyond the State: Methods and Cases (GLOBALST 718)

740 Theories of Comparative Politics

742 Politics of Developing Areas

757 The British Empire and Global Integration ( GLOBALST 757 / HISTORY 757)

764 Global Power Local Culture: Comparative Colonialism in Africa (HISTORY 764)

* not all courses listed are offered each year.

III. SELECTING YOUR COURSES

When choosing graduate courses MA IR students should consider the broad range of offerings available in the Department of Political Science, other departments and the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. Consider combining your IR courses with others into a theme if you wish to learn about a particular area in depth. Below are some themes and combinations to consider. A “*” indicates an IR listed course.

 

Interested in Developing Countries and Development?

712 International Trade and Development* (GLOBALST712)

742 Politics of Developing Areas

767 Politics of the Global South: An International Relations Perspective*

774 Global Political Economy*

782 Development Theory and Administration*

 

Interested in Theoretical Approaches to International Relations?

718 Global Actors Beyond the State: Methods & Cases (GLOBALST718)

749 Topics in Gender and Politics

756 Politics and Its Others

757 Theory of Political Community

758 Cosmopolitanism and its Critics*

771 Advanced Concepts in International Relations Theory*

772 Theories of International Politics*

 

Interested in the politics of other countries?

702 Contemporary Problems in Anthropology (ANTHRO 702)

715 Globalization and China (GLOBALST 715)

740 Theories of Comparative Politics

741 Politics of Social Movements

764 Global Power, Local Cultures: Comparative Colonialisms in Africa (GLOBALST 764 / HISTORY 764)

769 Political Economy of East Asia*

 

Interested in Social Policy / Social Issues?

704 Global Social Policy (GLOBALST 704)

705 Global Public Policy*

708 Health & Aging in a Global & International Context (HLTH AGE 708)

730 Work and Democracy in the Global Society (LABRST 730)

749 Topics in Gender and Politics

 

Interested in Research Design?

796 Research Design and Methods


IV. MA IR COLLOQUIUM COURSE

775 MA International Relations Colloquium

The IR Colloquium will take place every second week in the Fall and Winter terms under the leadership of the IR Convenor. It will be a two hour meeting with all of the MA IR students. It will consist of faculty presentations highlighting their research and professional development sessions on topics such as grant writing, PhD programs and career information. Other sessions will focus upon skills needed for the Major Research paper (choosing a topic and supervisor, preparing an outline etc.)


V. MAJOR RESEARCH PAPER

708 Major Research Paper

In addition to completing 18 units of graduate level coursework, students enrolled in the M.A. in International Relations are required to complete a Major Research Paper (MRP) in the spring following their coursework.

The major research paper (MRP) is an opportunity for students to do an extended piece of research on a topic of their choosing. Guidance on the MRP will be provided in the IR Colloquium. Students will be assigned a faculty supervisor in consultation with the IR convenor. MRPs are to be no longer than 10,000 words including all front matter, references and bibliography. That normally leaves 8,000 words for the text which is the length of an average scholarly journal article.

TWO copies of your MRP in finished form must be submitted to your supervisor by JUNE 15. Papers must be typed, double-spaced, single or double-sided on 8 ½ x 11" paper and coil or cerlox bound with a clear cover. Sources must be documented according to the conventions of a recognized academic style (MLA, Chicago, etc.). Those who fail to submit the final copy by the due date risk not graduating. Please note that INCOMPLETES will only be granted for legitimate medical or other properly documented reasons.

Your MRP will be read and marked by your supervisor and a second reader, normally chosen by your supervisor. One copy of your MRP will be returned to you, the second one retained by the Department for its records.

The MRP is marked on a pass / fail basis. Truly outstanding papers may be given a pass with distinction (P+). We will collate comments from both markers and pass them on to the students.

MRPs will be graded and returned to students by July 15. A student whose MRP receives a failing grade will normally have the opportunity to revise and resubmit for August 15.

Any general questions should be directed to the MA IR Advisor, Dr. Robert O’Brien (obrienr@mcmaster.ca) or to Manuela Dozzi (dozzim@mcmaster.ca).

 

International Relations Faculty

The Department has many faculty specializing in International Relations. Their names and research interests are:

  • Marshall Beier - Child Welfare, Critical International Relations, Gender and Politics, Globalization, IR, Politics of Representation, Youth
  • Stephen McBride - North American Political Economy, Trade and Investment Governance, Labour Issues, Public Policy, Social & Health Policy 
  • Peter Nyers - Critical Security Studies, Citizenship, Borders, Refugees, Undocumented Migration
  • Robert O'Brien - Global Governance, Global Civil Society, Global Labour Issues, Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Tony Porter - Global governance and standard setting, international finance
  • Alina Sajed - Globalization and transnationalism, politics of the Global South, political violence
  • Lana Wylie - Comparative Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, Critical International Relations, Gender and Politics, Globalization, IR, Politics of Representation 

In addition several other faculty have an interest in international relations:

  • Michelle Dion - Economic globalization
  • Catherine Frost - Nationalism, Political Theory, Politics and History
  • Ahmed Shafiqul Huque - Development, Policy, Public Policy 
  • James Ingram - Cosmopolitanism, Globalization, Political Theory, Postcolonial Theory 

Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition (IGHC)

The Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition (IGHC) is a research Institute which hosts an M.A. in Globalization Studies and supports teaching and research on a wide variety of global studies topics. The Institute runs a working paper series, hosts numerous visiting speakers, awards essay prizes and grants research scholarships. Political Science and International Relations students, with an interest in globalization are welcome to take courses in the Institute and participate in all of its activities.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the MA program in International Relations requires a clear B+ average or better in an honours political science Bachelor’s degree, a four year major political science degree or with the approval of the Department’s Graduate Chair, in another discipline.

The Department offers two streams in this MA program: (1) Global Politics; and (2) Global Political Economy. Students must indicate the stream in which they wish to major in their application.

Drawing on the Department’s research strength in International Relations and the presence of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, this MA offers students the opportunity to take a wide selection of courses in either a Global Politics or Global Political Economy Stream.  Students take five courses, one IR Colloquium and write a 10,000 word major research paper over twelve months. 

Notes:

  • Only COMPLETED applications will be reviewed by the Department
  • Applicants to the MA program are strongly encouraged to apply for the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition (Scholarship Deadline is December 1st), provided they meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, visit the School of Graduate Studies: Awards & Funding

 

Required Application Documents:

Graduate Studies Online Application

Applicants are required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens October 1st each year.  In addition to the online application, applicants must also submit the required documents listed below. Some required documents must be submitted through the online application.

Statement of Interest

  • An electronic statement of interest (approximately 250-500 words, single or double-spaced, maximum of 1 page).
  • The statement must be uploaded as a PDF attachment only through the online application system on the Upload Document
  • Your statement of interest should clearly describe your reasons for pursuing an MA degree, research interests, previous studies, experience and your career objectives.

C.V. / Personal Resume

  • An electronic copy of your CV/Resume must be uploaded as a PDF attachment through the online application system on the Upload Document

Official Academic Transcripts

  • Academic transcripts from ALL post-secondary studies completed in progress at the time of application
  • Transcripts from institutions where you completed courses on Letter of Permission and/or as part of a Student Exchange Program must also be included.
  • All transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY from the issuing institution to the Department of Political Science (address below)
  • Transcripts not received in institutionally sealed envelopes will NOT be accepted.

Academic References

  • Two (2) confidential reference reports from instructors most familiar with your academic work
  • All referees are required to complete the e-Reference.
  • McMaster University uses an Electronic Referencing System (e-Reference). You will be required to indicate an institutional email address for each referee. Your referees will receive an email message asking them to complete an e-Reference.
  • If you need to change your reference or referee email address after submitting your application, you will need to contact the Department.
  • IMPORTANT: The system will send the e-Reference request to your references ONLY AFTER YOU SUBMIT your online application. This means that you will need to have completed AND uploaded your Statement of Interest and CV/Resume to your online application BEFORE you can click the “submit” button. References may require 2-4 weeks to complete the e-Reference reports. Referees MUST complete their reference report BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE of January 28th. Please keep this in mind when you are working on your application.
  • If for some reason your referee is unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference Form and send it to your referees for completion. Downloaded reference forms must be sent by the referee DIRECTLY to Manuela Dozzi by e-mail (dozzim@mcmaster.ca) or the mailing address below.

English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

  • If English is not your native language, an official copy of your English Language Proficiency score or other evidence of competency in English is required. Such applicants are required to supply this evidence as part of your application. Applicants whose university studies were complete at an institution where English is deemed the official language of instruction may be exempted from this requirement (an official letter from the institution is required).
  • The English Proficiency exam must have been completed within 2 years of the application due date.
  • This requirement must be met prior to an offer of admission. There will be no exceptions to the language requirement.
  • The most common evidence is a score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

- TOEFL: minimum score is 92 (iBT-internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based). The McMaster University TOEFL/TSE Institution Code is 0936 and the Department Code for Political Science is 89.

- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score is 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section.

  • NOTE: Foreign students wishing to enter Canada on a student visa should also contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate for visa information.

Application Fee

The system will charge a $110 (Canadian) application fee. This fee is non-refundable and payable by credit card only.  Once you have paid the application fee, please remember to return to the online application to click the “Submit” button. The application fee will not be waived.

 

How to Apply:

Each applicant is required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens October 1st each year and submit the required application documents listed above to complete the application.

Please note that all application supporting documentation must be forwarded to and received by our Department no later than February 1st of the year in which you are applying.

ANY LATE OR MISSING DOCUMENTS WILL DELAY YOUR APPLICATION AND NOT BE REVIEWED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S ADMISSION COMMITTEE.

Please send all (hard copy) supporting documents to:

Department of Political Science
c/o Manuela Dozzi
Kenneth Taylor Hall 527 (KTH-527)
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M4

Application Deadline:

  • January 28, 2019

The awards listed below are only opened to current Political Science graduate students. Eligible students should apply to Mosaic.

The Ellen Louks Fairclough Scholarship in Political Science

The Ellen Louks Fairclough Memorial Scholarship in Political Science was established in 2004 to commemorate the life of The Right Honourable Ellen Louks Fairclough, P.C., C.C., F.CA., L.L.D., F.R.C.G.S., D.H., U.E., Canada's first female federal cabinet minister and lifelong advocate for women's rights. To be awarded to a student enrolled in a graduate program in Political Science who holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Preference will be given to a student with an interest in Canadian public policy.

 

To see additional information regarding awards and funding, please visit our Awards & Funding page.

Students should consult with the Department MA International Relations Advisor or Area Convenors about the courses to be taken in order to satisfactorily complete the program.

Areas of Research: Critical International Relations, Critical Security Studies,Global Public Policy, Globalization, Global Political Economy, Citizenship, Foreign Policy

Research Clusters 

While the department covers all the main fields in Political Science, we also have research expertise and knowledge in the following research clusters. Visit the following research clusters for more information on the faculty members who teach and conduct research in these specific areas, and the types of projects currently being conducted in the department. 

Interdisciplinary Networks 

Aside from the different research clusters within the Department of Political Science, our faculty members also lead and/or are actively involved in the following interdisciplinary networks in McMaster University: 

POL SCI 6O06 / Canadian Public Policy

POL SCI 701 / Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis: Frameworks and Models

POL SCI 705 / Global Public Policy

POL SCI 706 / Comparative Politics of Health Policy

POL SCI 708 / Major Research Paper

POL SCI 715 / Liberalism and Imperialism

POL SCI 716 / Comparative Authoritarianism

POL SCI 717 / Political Violence and Revolution

POL SCI 740 / Theories of Comparative Politics

POL SCI 741 / Politics of Social Movements

POL SCI 742 / Politics of Developing Areas

POL SCI 744 / Politics of Western Democracies

POL SCI 746 / Issues in Comparative Politics

POL SCI 748 / Democracy and Diversity

POL SCI 749 / Topics in Gender and Politics

POL SCI 750 / Issues in Political Theory

POL SCI 754 / Critics of Modernity

POL SCI 755 / Lying in Politics

POL SCI 756 / The Autonomy of Politics

POL SCI 757 / Theories of Political Community

POL SCI 758 / Cosmopolitanism and Its Critics

POL SCI 760 / Political Institutions of the Canadian State

POL SCI 761 / The Social, Cultural and Economic Foundations of Canadian Politics

POL SCI 762 / Comparative Political Economy

POL SCI 763 / International Water Policy

POL SCI 765 / Reading Course

POL SCI 767 / Politics of the Global South: an International Relations Perspective

POL SCI 768 / Political Economy of Global Climate Change

POL SCI 769 / The Political Economy of East Asia

POL SCI 770 / Globalization and the Canadian State

POL SCI 771 / Advanced Concepts in International Relations Theory

POL SCI 772 / Theories of International Politics

POL SCI 773 / Selected Topics in International Politics

POL SCI 774 / Global Political Economy

POL SCI 775 / MA IR Colloquium

POL SCI 776 / Advanced Issues in Critical Security Studies

POL SCI 777 / Global Governance

POL SCI 779 / Major Research Paper

POL SCI 780 / Selected Political Problems I

POL SCI 781 / Selected Political Problems II

POL SCI 782 / Development Theory and Administration

POL SCI 783 / Comparative Public Policy

POL SCI 784 / Quantitative Political and Policy Analysis

POL SCI 785 / Public Sector Management

POL SCI 788 / Comparative Foreign Policy: Canadian and U.S. Foreign Policy

POL SCI 789 / Global Finance

POL SCI 790 / The Politics of Economic Policy in Market Economies

POL SCI 795 / Research Project in Public Policy

POL SCI 796 / Research Design and Methods

POL SCI 797 / Readings in Comparative Public Policy

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Graduate Students Association (GSA) MA in IR Regulations Graduate Student FAQ's Apply Now
For more information:
Department of Political Science
KTH 527
905-525-9140 ext. 24742
dozzim@mcmaster.ca
Length:
1 year
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Science or a related discipline
Program Type:
Course Based, Major Research Paper
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
January 28, 2019