MA Policy Studies Practicum Program

To fulfill the requirements of the MA in Policy Studies Practicum program, students must complete *27 credits. All Policy Studies students are required to take three core courses:

  • POL S 527: Power, Politics, and Policymaking in Canada
  • POL S 532: Indigenous Engagement, Governance and Policy
  • POL S 902: Policy Studies Capstone Seminar

In addition to the three required courses, practicum students are required to complete two work-experience courses: POL S 803 and 804. These are normally scheduled over the Spring and Summer semesters, and typically involve full-time paid employment. The remaining 12* credits are fulfilled by taking four graduate-level courses. These are selected from program electives, Political Science graduate courses, or from outside of the department (to a maximum of six credit hours).

The minimum period of residence for full-time programs is two four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta. The time required to complete the MA will vary with the program and candidate. Full-time students in the MA program will normally complete the program within 16 to 20 months.


Ethics requirement:

All graduate students at the University of Alberta are required to take eight hours of Graduate Ethics Training (GET). Five hours of this requirement can be met by registering through the FGSR website to take a self-guided online course. The remaining three can be met by taking a department seminar on academic integrity offered every spring, or by taking three hours of approved seminars offered by FGSR or other units on campus.


Professional development:

All students entering a graduate degree program at the University of Alberta from September 1, 2016 will be required to complete a professional development requirement. The eight hours of professional development training are completed as part of the students' practicum placements. Students will be required to complete and submit an Individualized Development Plan (IDP). See Professional Development.