Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Political Science

Master of Arts (MA)



Meet Noel Walker, MA candidate in Political Science

“I was very impressed with the special knowledge, publications and practical experiences of the professors in the Political Science program at Western.”

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 Websites


Program Contact

Teresa McLauchlan (tmclauch@uwo.ca)
Graduate Program Advisor

Department of Political Science

Western 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.

Times to Completion

  • 3 Terms (1 year)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based, course-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • February 1 - Acceptance notification in April, concluding in July