Graduate Studies

MA in Public and International Affairs

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs offers a rigorous multidisciplinary curriculum, which combines the study of international affairs and domestic policy-making. Benefiting from its prime location in the heart of Canada’s National Capital, a stone’s throw away from Parliament Hill, foreign embassies and government departments, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs offers students an exceptional learning environment, where the benefits of talented teachers and cutting-edge academic research are complemented by the opportunity to engage experienced professionals about today’s challenges in public and international affairs.

Deadline: 1 February
Note: Based on availability in the program, strong applications will continue to be examined and admission scholarships are available for all eligible candidates.
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Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Masters in Public and International Affairs

Students enrolled full-time in the M.A. in Public and International Affairs,  whose admission average is 8.0 / 10 or more, will receive a Graduate Scholarship worth $6,000 per year ($2,000/session), for up to two years of study.

In exceptional cases, the Faculty of Social Sciences will also offer a merit scholarship, ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 at the time of the offer of admission.


International Students

The Faculty of Social Sciences holds a competition for the allocation of different types of awards and financial support for international students. A committee considers applications submitted by the program to which the student has been admitted. Funding is not guaranteed to all students who meet the eligibility criteria.  Scholarships are awarded until the funds are all allocated.

Scholarships Offered by the Faculty
  • Anne and Saul Zussman Scholarship
  • Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) Imagination Scholarship
  • Pearson Scholars

Meghan Spilka O’Keefe - Alumni (2010)

Students photoMA candidates, and those with MAs, are not representative of the social and economic character of the country; they are highly educated, engaged, and upwardly mobile. In a country where some segments of society have limited access to basic necessities and face significant barriers in even finishing high school, GSPIA graduates are Canada’s elite.

My experience at GSPIA was remarkable. I was surrounded by professors with strong values and firm moral compasses. The most important lessons weren’t learned from textbooks or PowerPoint presentations; they were from the experience of practitioners-turned-professors. At GSPIA, individuals with long careers of public service stand before you in the classroom and reflect. Drawing from theory, I listened as they reflected on their mistakes, their successes, their regrets, and their ideals.

During my two years at GSPIA, outside of the safe walls of academia millions of Americans lost their homes and livelihoods from the international economic meltdown, and civilians in all corners of the world remained increasingly threatened by on-going wars and civil crises.  Meanwhile, Canadian parliamentarians turned away from harsh international and domestic realities to play politics with prorogation. I think many of us students were happy to be safe inside of academia, studying all this misery and incompetence from a distance. Some looked at the outside world with great pessimism about our collective futures. Our teachers responded by instilling a sense of duty: upon leaving the Ivory Tower, our responsibility as graduates would be to leave Canada in better shape than we find it. Many graduate programs will give you the tools you need to succeed. GSPIA goes above this to direct your moral compass. What sets GSPIA apart is that its graduates come out with a sense of empowerment, rather than the sense of entitlement that often characterizes Generation Y. Read More.

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