For the course-based MA, *24 of graduate-level courses (usually 8 3-credit courses) and a project (POLS 900, counted as 3 credits upon completion) are required (for a total of *27 credits for the degree). All MA students are required to take POLS 599 as one of their courses, which is offered every year, typically in the fall semester. Course-based MA students may take up to three courses outside Political Science at the University of Alberta.
The minimum period of residence for full-time programs is two four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta. Full-time students in the MA course-based program will normally complete the program within 18 months, and part-time students will normally complete within three years. Students hoping to complete the course-based MA in one academic year should take four *3 courses in each of the fall and winter semesters if possible, as the department does not routinely offer graduate courses in the spring and summer semesters.
The Master’s research paper should be 7000-9000 words inclusive of notes and bibliography. The paper can be an expansion of a course paper, but requires more extensive research or literature review and argumentative development. The MA student’s supervisor and a second faculty member will assess the research paper as pass or fail without oral exam.
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.