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Applied Politics (MAP)

Applied Politics (MAP)

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The Master of Applied Politics (MAP) program is a hands-on graduate program grounded in the discipline of political science.

Students learn real-world skills  such as policy, electoral and media analysis, survey instrument design, and problem solving in domestic and international contexts  and gain practical experience in placements with community organizations, local politicians and government agencies. 

A Degree that Opens Many Doors

The Master of Applied Politics attracts both recent graduates who want an edge as they launch their careers in the public or private sectors and mature students already in the job market who want to take their careers to the next level.

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  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis are entitled to one year of funding totalling, on average, $14,500. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000). 
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Our diverse faculty offer research expertise in:

  • International relations and cross-border governance.
  • Public policy (e.g. social, aboriginal, environmental, (multi)cultural, migration).
  • International political economy and trade.
  • Public opinion, elections and parties.
  • Canadian politics (e.g. multi-level governance, Quebec).
  • Area studies (e.g. North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America).
  • International human rights.

Many of our faculty are associated with research centres, including the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy and the world-renowned Balsillie School of International Affairs and Centre for International Governance Innovation.


  • A four-year (honours) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in political science or a related field.
  • A minimum B+ average in your last two years of undergraduate study.
  • An honours graduate from a program other than political science may be admitted if evidence justifying admission is offered and the student has completed a minimum of two courses in political science, one of which must have a social science theory component; research methods is strongly recommended.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, statement of interests, a writing sample and letters of reference.


Our alumni have found work in politics, public service, law, journalism, the non-profit sector and education, among other sectors. Here is a small sample:

  • law (e.g. litigator, legal assistant)
  • public service (e.g. policy analyst, economic development officer)
  • business and trade sector (e.g. communications officer, policy/legal analysis)
  • market research (e.g. public opinion analyst)
  • advocacy and non-profit sector (e.g. researcher, lobbyist, policy/legal analysis)
  • politics (e.g. political aide, legislative analysis)
  • journalism (e.g. press officer, print journalist)
  • education

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