Political Science

  • Degrees Offered: MA
  • Application Deadline: January 15 (for funding consideration) or March 15
  • Study Options: Research paper, Thesis
  • Duration: One year – Research Paper; Two years – Thesis
  • Entry Terms: Fall

Those who enroll in UNB’s political science graduate program gain the necessary critical thinking skills to intelligently participate in local and global political communities. Students learn how to make persuasive arguments while exploring political debates, social justice, war and peace, philosophical questions, and more.

Our joint master's program on the Fredericton and Saint John campuses brings together some of the country’s leading scholars to help students understand the dynamics of political power, institutions, decision-making and change. Classes are kept deliberately small so that students can pursue their unique interests under the close supervision of a dedicated faculty member.

Our graduates go on to pursue doctoral programs, law school and other professional programs, or embark on careers with government, international organizations, the courts, schools, and public service groups.

Research Areas

UNB's graduate program in political science can offer supervision across all the main sub-fields of the discipline:

  • Political Theory
  • Gender and Politics
  • Global Political Economy
  • Canadian Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics

Current Faculty

UNB Fredericton:

Dr. Carolyn Bassett’s areas of research supervision are: global political economy, in particular, the place and role of the Global South; political economy of development; political role of internationally oriented social movements and labour unions and locally-oriented movements in the Global South; international political economy and international development theory; politics, policy and political economy of South Africa.

 Dr. David Bedford can supervise student research in the areas of: Ancient Political Theory; Hegel/Marx; American Political Theory; First Nations Politics.

Dr. Suzanne Hindmarch can supervise student research in: global health; global security; international organizations (especially the United Nations); peacekeeping; Africa and/in global politics; and international relations theory, especially constructivist, feminist, and critical theory.

Dr. Paul Howe’s areas of research supervision include political participation and civic engagement, in a both a Canadian and comparative context. Youth engagement/disengagement is a particular interest. He also supervises research on issues related to democratic institutions and reform (e.g. Parliament, parties, electoral reform, deliberative democracy). 

Dr. Thom Workman can supervise in the areas of 20th century political theory including the Frankfurt School, radical political economy, North American political economy, Marxism and the left, politics and music, experimental political communities and the critical study of war.

Dr. Donald Wright can supervise students interested in Canadian politics, specifically, federalism, foreign policy, and identity politics.

Dr. Joanne Wright provides supervision in the areas of feminist political thought and political theory more generally, as well as in contemporary gender politics (from raunch culture and sexual violence and the law to trans activism in Parliament), and the politics of rights and multiculturalism. She also supervises students in early modern political thought and social contract theory.

UNB Saint John:

Dr. Joanna Everitt can supervise students in the areas of gender and politics, Canadian politics, New Brunswick Politics, and political behaviour.

Dr. Leslie Jeffrey’s areas of research supervision are sex work policy, and global human rights issues.

Dr. JP Lewis can supervise students interested in: Canadian political institutions; Canadian public policy; Cabinet; Political executive; Civic Education.

Dr. Hepzibah Muñoz-Martinez can supervise student research in: Latin American politics; urban politics; the global politics of violence; the political economy of drug trafficking; the US – Mexico border; politics of trade, international production and finance; and human rights (particularly enforced disappearances).

Examples of Student & Faculty Research

  • Sex work policy
  • The global politics of violence
  • Indigenous politics in Canada
  • Labour in South Africa and its participation in policy making
  • Democratic disengagement, electoral reform, and Canadian political institutions
  • Global health politics
  • Canadian intellectual history
  • Women and war through the writings of Margaret Cavendish and Virginia Woolf

Application Requirements

  1. All applicants should normally have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in political science with a minimum GPA of A- in their final two years of study, and a minimum of B+ in all political science courses.
  2. Applicants who do not satisfy the requirements for full graduate student status may be eligible for a qualifying year.
  3. Applicants must submit a completed application.
  4. International Applicants whose first language is not English must submit language scores that meet or exceed:
    • International English language testing system (IELTS) = band 7
    • Paper-based TOEFL = 600
    • Internet-based TOEFL = 100
    • TWE = 5.5

Contact Us

For more information on our program, contact Dr. Suzanne Hindmarch, Director of Graduate Studies, or Zabrina Hamilton, Graduate Program Secretary.

Related: Master of Arts in Political Science

Political Science Information Sheet