Political ScienceMaster of Arts (MA)
Supervisor: Charles Jones
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
I feel emboldened in the program to take advantage of the academic freedom offered in our research. Course work allows me to focus on my particular interests at an advanced level, while the major research paper is an excellent step toward a greater understanding of what drives me academically and politically.
Describe your research.
My major research project is a defense of a basic income guarantee rooted in specific normative theories of justice that, when fulfilled, will ensure the policy has direct, positive implications on the well-being of its recipients. Focusing on a basic income that fulfills the requirements of distributive justice, I also argue that the basic income must fulfill necessary conditions for freedom and equality through increased economic opportunity and efficiency.
Where’s your favourite place on campus?
While the quiet reflection offered by the graduate student office is a necessity at times, I also enjoy getting down to the Grad Club to write and research when I can. The atmosphere keeps me upbeat whether I am inside or on the patio in a beautiful part of the campus.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
I would certainly encourage prospective students to get to know the courses, professors, and potential thesis supervisors they are interested in before and during the application process. I had excellent experiences approaching professors during my own application process, and knowing who I would likely be working with and how to get the most out of each course helped me apply with confidence and enthusiasm.
Program ContactTeresa McLauchlan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graduate Program Advisor
Department of Political ScienceWestern University
Social Science Centre Rm 4150
London, Ontario N6A 5C2
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 83657
The MA program offers high quality courses in the main areas of political science, but it is distinctive. In the required course on ‘Scope and Methods in Political Science’, students explicitly focus on the various ways of doing political research. MA candidates are employed as Teaching Assistants. They are mentored throughout the entire TA experience, developing very marketable teaching skills.
- 3 Terms (1 year)
- Full-time study
- Thesis-based, course-based
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- 4-year Honours degree in Political Science.
- Achieved at least a 78% in all courses taken within the final two years of the undergraduate degree.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper and pencil version, 213 for the computer version, or 86 for the internet version with no individual score below 20. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Minimum acceptable score is 80 on each section and an overall score of 85.
- The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). Minimum acceptable score is 60.
- Fanshawe College's ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components.
- February 1 - Acceptance notification in April, concluding in July