Political Science

Quebec CEGEP
Previous year's cutoff:
25.80 overall R-Score
Prerequisite courses:

English 603 (or French 601 for French CEGEP applicants)

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Ontario high school
Previous year's cutoff:
86.80% top 6 average
Prerequisite courses:

4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other Canadian high school
Previous year's cutoff:
86.80% top 5 average
Prerequisite courses:

Grade 12 English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

U.S. high school
Previous year's cutoff:
B+ average in grades 10, 11 and 12
Prerequisite courses:
  • Courses must include: English
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
  • ACT, or 
  • SAT and two SAT Subject Tests (in any two different subjects)
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other
Previous year's cutoff:

While the minimum requirement for McGill is the equivalent of a B+ average, most programs will have higher requirements. See the complete admissions requirements for more information applicable to your situation.

Prerequisite courses:
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major Concentration
Honours
Joint Honours
Minor Concentration

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

See the complete requirements

Overview

Political Science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behaviour. You can study politics from a range of perspectives – from theory, philosophy, ideology and economy, to policy studies and analysis, comparative politics and international relations. 

Political Science is an excellent major if you’re interested in learning how groups of people govern themselves, how policies are made, and how we can improve our government policies at the local, state, national, and international levels. 


Careers

Political scientists use humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools, along with different methodological approaches, to examine the processes, systems, and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world. The Political Science major serves as an excellent stepping stone for fields like business and law, or for a future career in politics.

You could become a:  

  • Diplomat 
  • Political Scientist 
  • Political Consultant  
  • Government Official  
  • Policy Analyst 

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Student Experience

Women in House is a two-day trip to Ottawa, during which participants take a tour of Parliament, hear individual speakers, attend panel discussions, as well as shadow a female MP or Senator. The purpose of the program is to foster a desire for political involvement in and enthusiasm for Canadian politics among McGill women. Less than half of the House of Commons and Senate have women representations. Therefore, the Women in House program aims to give female students the unique opportunity to learn from and have one-on-one interaction with Canada’s female political leaders.  


Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

 Complimentary Minors include:  


Related majors

Related Majors include:  

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Arts.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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