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Admission Requirements

A Master’s degree (or equivalent as recognized by Université Laval) in political science or a degree judged equivalent to a master in political science.

High Academic Achievement: The minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 3.33 (equal or greater)  out of a possible 4.33.

Proficiency in French/English: Proficiency in French is required. Proficiency in English is a strong asset.

  • All courses are offered exclusively in French, but course exams are available in English and at least one PhD course can be taken as a guided reading class. The PhD thesis could be written in English.

Other requirements: Please note that students cannot enter the PhD program until the MSc degree has been awarded, or all requirements completed. A strong background in methods and methodology is an asset.

Program Requirements

Compulsory Courses (15 credits)

Doctoral Seminar

Choose two courses among the following:

  • Political Theory
  • Comparative Politics and political sociology
  • International relations
  • Public policies and public administration
  • Choose two courses among the following courses
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methods
  • Research proposal
  • Epistemology and political science

Complementary Courses (3 credits)

To be chosen from a list of 39 optional courses. Among them:

  • International Security
  • Ethics and international relations
  • Analysis of civil wars
  • Socio-politics of the State
  • Politics and public finances
  • Politics and Society in Africa
  • Political Communication
  • Ethics and public adiministration

Doctoral Exam (2 + 2 credits)

  • Retrospective exam (2 credits): written exam on both the subject of PhD thesis of the student and one of the subfields of the discipline  (political theory; comparative politics; public administration or international relations), followed by an oral presentation. 
  • Prospective exam (2 credits): Written PhD proposal and oral presentation, etc.

Thesis (68 credits)

Research Areas

  • Canadian and Quebec politics
  • Comparative politics
  • Public policy and public administration
  • International relations
  • Political theory
  • Political economy
  • Political sociology
  • Political communication

Financial Support - Doctoral Funding

Steps Amount*
Step 1 (semester 1) – Progression into the program (full-time students) $2375
Step 2 (semester 3) – All courses completed (except doctoral exams) $2375
Step 3 (semester 5) – Retrospective exam completed $1850
Step 4 (semester 7) – Prospective exam completed $1850
Step 5 (semester 9) – Start of data’s collection $1850
Step 6 (semester 11) – Start of writing PhD thesis $1850
Step 7 (semester 15) – Submission of the PhD thesis for evaluation $1850

* All amounts are in Canadian dollars.

Professors

Louis BÉLANGER

Regional integration, free trade, Canadian foreign policy, inter-American cooperation.

Emaillouis.belanger@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=210

Marc-André BODET

Electoral politics in Canada and in a comparative perspective

Emailmarcandre.bodet@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=1396

Philippe BOURBEAU

International security; migration; resilience

Emailphilippe.bourbeau@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitewww.philippebourbeau.net

Marie BROSSIER

African politics; mobilizations; citizenship; religion

Emailmarie.brossier@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitewww.pol.ulaval.ca/

Aurélie CAMPANA

Extremism; political violence; terrorism; jihadism; right-wing; civil wars

Emailaurelie.campana@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.recherche-terrorismes.ulaval.ca 

Catherine CARTA

Francesco CAVATORTA

Middle East politics ; democratisation; authoritarianism; Islamist parties and movements

Emailfrancesco.cavatorta@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=1555

Pauline CÔTÉ

Secularism; religious minorities; political sociology

Emailpauline.cote@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=213

Pierre-Marc DAIGNEAULT

Public management; social policies; evaluation of public policies

Emailpierre-marc.daigneault@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/

Érik DUCHESNE

International political economy; commerce and international negotiations; international economical organizations

Emailerick.duchesne@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=216

Yannick DUFRESNE

Public opinion; electoral politics

Emailyannick.dufresne@pol.ulaval.ca 
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/ 

François GÉLINEAU

Latin America; democratisation; democracy; parliamentarism

Email:  francois.gelineau@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.democratie.chaire.ulaval.ca/index.php 

Thierry GIASSON

Political communication; digital citizenship; political campaign on the Internet; political participation in Quebec and Canada; political marketing

Emailthierry.giasson@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/

Louis M. IMBEAU

Budgetary policy; power relationships in public policies; discourses’ experts on budgetary policies.

Email: louis.imbeau@pol.ulaval.ca 
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=221 

Steve JACOB

Evaluation of public policies and programs; public administration; ethics; public performance

Emailsteve.jacob@pol.ulaval.ca 
Websitehttp://www.perfeval.pol.ulaval.ca/ ; https://www.capp.ulaval.ca/ 

Anessa KIMBALL

International relations; international cooperation; security and defense; international security organizations

Emailanessa.kimball@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=223

Philippe LE PRESTRE

International eco-politics; international relations; US foreign policy

Emailphilippe.le-prestre@pol.ulaval.ca 
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=227 

Sylvie LORIAUX

International political theory;  territorial rights; theories of justice; global duties; and right to resist

Emailsylvie.loriaux@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=1556 

Louis MASSICOTTE

Democracy; parliaments; electoral systems; political life in Germany

Emaillouis.massicotte@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=229

Éric MONTIGNY

Political parties; parliaments; Canadian and Quebec political institutions

Emaileric.montigny@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.democratie.chaire.ulaval.ca/index.php

Jean-Frédéric MORIN

International political economy; global environmental governance; trade negotiations

Emailjean-frederic.morin@pol.ulaval.ca 
Websitehttp://www.chaire-epi.ulaval.ca/fr/jean-frederic-morin 

Mathieu OUIMET

Knowledge transfers; health systems; public administration and governance

Emailmathieu.ouimet@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.pol.ulaval.ca/?pid=231 

Jonathan PAQUIN

Canadian foreign policy; US foreign policy; secessionist conflicts

Emailjonathan.paquin@pol.ulaval.ca
Websitehttp://www.revue-etudesinternationales.ulaval.ca 

Thierry RODON

Politiques autochtones, éducation et démocratie participative, cogestion des ressources Aboriginal policies; aboriginal education and participative democracy; co-management of natural resources

Emailthierry.rodon@pol.ulaval.ca 
Websitehttp://chairedeveloppementnord.ulaval.ca/?pid=1136 ; http://www.ciera.ulaval.ca 

Sule TOMKINSON

Administration of justice, tribunals, human rights adjudication, and front-line judgment

Emailsule.tomkinson@pol.ulaval.ca 
Websitewww.sule-tomkinson.com