Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Political Economy

The Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University is the only graduate program of its kind in Canada. Through the application of diverse critical political economy analysis, students explore contemporary Canadian and global issues, including finance and financialization, migration and boarders, environmental justice, race and racism, gender and sexuality, colonialism, violence, Indigenous movements, community participation and social transformation.

Our Political Economy Master of Arts (MA) program attracts students from many different academic backgrounds like Political Science, Sociology, Journalism, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Communications and Economics. The interdisciplinary nature of the program exposes students to the core concepts of political economy and helps them to develop individual areas of research concentration. A specialization in African Studies is also available.

Three research-based degrees are offered that provide students with opportunities to research significant world issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students are given the freedom to define their own research topics, enrol in courses from other departments, and work under the supervision of recognized Carleton experts.

MA students are able to choose between a thesis or combined coursework and research paper depending on their preferences. Our master’s placement course allows students to network with government and non-governmental institutions, policy-makers, researchers, and community-based organizations. Students gain practical and on-site work experience and make lasting connections outside the classroom.

The collaborative PhD with a specialization in Political Economy is especially designed for Carleton doctoral students in the following participating programs: Canadian Studies, Communication, Geography and Environmental Studies, History, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work.

The Institute of Political Economy, established in 1989, developed out of the Graduate Summer School of Political Economy, which was formed in 1983. The summer school was built on the strong tradition of interdisciplinary studies at Carleton, and on the interests of numerous faculty at Carleton involved in political economy. Distinguished international scholars have been attracted to teach in the summer school. Through the Institute, these distinguished visitors will now be in residence during the normal academic year, in addition to the summer program.