About Political Science at UTM

The Department of Political Science at UTM offers its students the chance to customize their degrees to their personal interests, to explore the latest topics in politics with the latest teaching methods, and to learn from internationally renowned scholars. Our faculty members have a diverse and exciting range of research interests and specializations, from International Relations to political economy, from Environmental Politics to the study of conflict and genocide. This exceptional strength in research permeates into our curriculum, and we pride ourselves on the broad and stimulating range of courses we are able to offer our students. The Department strives to encourage its graduates not only to become creative and critical “thinkers”, but to develop an extensive portfolio of practical skills transferable to many careers: research, analysis, communication, information literacy, time management, presentation and writing skills.

Why Choose UTM for Political Science?

UTM offers a unique study environment with UofT’s high academic standards and close community ties to Mississauga. Situated on 225 acres of protected greenbelt along the Credit River and located next to Erindale Park the campus is in a natural setting with modern architectural award winning buildings which provide the students with state of the art technology.

The compact campus size allows for an easy commute between classes. There is a Mississauga Transit terminal, a regular shuttle bus service to our St. George campus and ample parking all on site.

Our students benefit from the safety and inclusiveness of a tight knit campus which offers a wide variety of student groups, clubs and activities for all  interests. A number of these activities are available through the Student Centre and the Recreation, Athletic, and Wellness Centre (RAWC). 

Students have the option to work one-on-one with leading faculty on research projects for academic credit through the Research Opportunity Program. Currently Professor and Chair Andrea Olive has two students analyzing and comparing press on Hydraulic Fracturing from different regions in Canada.

UTM Political Science Professors are known and respected internationally, attract major grants, and publish widely in their fields. For example Ronald Beiner is a leading political philosopher who has written many well-known books addressing the topics of citizenship and liberalism and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Professor Graham White is a renowned authority on aboriginal politics and the politics of Canada’s North whose research is highly valued by the region’s leaders and decision makers.

All of our Professors have office hours available to discuss academic matters, as do the Teaching Assistants for the first and second year courses. The Robert Gillespie Skills Centre can provide additional support through workshops, seminars and individual consultations to help students identify and develop the academic skills they need for success.

The Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, one of our award winning facilities, is a state-of-the-art library that is open seven days a week with extended hours and is a fully integrated part of the UofT library system, the largest in Canada.  

What High School Preparation do I need?

Six grade 12 U or M courses including English (ENG4U)*

* This refers to courses from the Ontario Curriculum-we do accept equivalents from other academic systems.

Current Ontario secondary school students apply to UofT Mississauga online at the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre www.ouac.on.ca using the 101 application. The guidance office or student services at your high school will provide you with instructions and a PIN number to access the application. This typically occurs late in the fall.