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Department of Political Science

Ryan Pyle is not only a photojournalist, he's also a Political Science grad. 

Ryan Pyle (B.A., 2011) is an award-winning photographer and photojournalist based in Shanghai, China, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Fortune. In his second year, he took a Chinese history and politics class that he credits with changing his perception about China. See more about Ryan here.

What do employers value about Department of Political Science graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 93% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $52,061/year upon entering the workforce. 60% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Political Science alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication skills in these industries: 

  • Media and Communication 
  • Government
  • Education 
  • Research 
  • Legal 
  • Sales 
  • Operations 
  • Consulting 
  • Administrative 
  • Marketing 
  • Program and Project Management

graduate or professional school

A Political Science degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Political Science 
  • Law
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Business 
  • Economics 
  • Journalism 
  • Planning 
  • Education
  • Urban Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Planning

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

During second year, participate in Explore It, to meet with alumni from your program of study and see first-hand how their skills and knowledge translate into careers. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Attend a Leadership Lunch, an opportunity to meet with alumni, organized by the Department of Political Science.

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your industry.  

Participate in the Association of Political Science Students (APSS) Junior Mentorship Program.

Work with a faculty member on a research project.

Contact your undergraduate advisor and access workshops, one-on-one advising and opportunities for after graduation. 

Learn by doing through an internship or Service Learning course aimed at developing policy skills in a community setting.