The normal requirement for admission into the MA is an honours degree in history or its equivalent. Applicants should understand that admission is contingent on a sound undergraduate academic record, strong letters of reference, and a convincing statement of purpose which clearly describes their academic interest in the program and intended area of research. In addition, admission is contingent on the availability of an appropriate faculty member in the Department of History to serve as supervisor. Some applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be admitted into a qualifying year program.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Requirements for the Degree
- Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
- Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (three terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
- Language. All MA students must demonstrate their ability to read and translate historical material in an acceptable language other than English. Language examinations, which are normally given twice a year, are administered by the department. In addition, a reading knowledge of French may be required in some seminars.
- Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
- Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.
- Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.
Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (History)
- Courses. (15 credits). All students must take 15 credits of 600-level courses including HIST 600 The Nature of Historical Knowledge (3 credits); and HIST 601 Historical Research Methods (3 credits). Students are normally encouraged to incorporate breadth in their course selection. In exceptional cases students may, with permission of the GPD, do three credits of course work at an equivalent level in another discipline.
- Thesis. HIST 685: MA Thesis (30 credits). The thesis is a work of primary research that normally runs to 18,000-24,000 words (about 60-80 pages), exclusive of footnotes and bibliography. Prepared under the supervision of one or more faculty, it must be defended orally before a committee of three History faculty including the supervisor.
Most graduate seminars and tutorials are one term in length. The content of these courses varies from term to term. Students should consult the department for more detailed information.
HIST 600 The Nature of Historical Knowledge (3 credits)
This course examines the history of the discipline and the nature of historical knowledge, as well as contemporary debates about the meaning and practice of history. The content varies from term to term depending on the instructor(s). The material covered may include the following: research tools (e.g. library resources, the archives and the Internet), major approaches to history (e.g. Marxist, Annaliste, feminist), the debate about objectivity and truth in history, public history (history in film, television, schools, museums), and the impact of postmodernism on historical practice.
HIST 601 Historical Research Methods (3 credits)
This course guides students in the intial stages of developing an MA thesis topic and elaborating a substantial research proposal.
HIST 610 Selected Topics in European History (3 credits)
HIST 620 Selected Topics in Canadian History (3 credits)
United States History
HIST 630 Selected Topics in US History (3 credits)
Latin American and Caribbean History
HIST 634 Selected Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History (3 credits)
HIST 638 Selected Topics in Asian History (3 credits)
Middle Eastern History
HIST 642 Selected Topics in Middle Eastern History (3 credits)
HIST 646 Selected Topics in African History (3 credits)
History of Genocide and Human Rights
HIST 650 Selected Topics in the History of Genocide and Human Rights (3 credits)
History of Gender and Sexuality
HIST 660 Selected Topics in the History of Gender and Sexuality (3 credits)
HIST 665 Selected Topics in Public History (3 credits)
Selected Areas of History
HIST 670 Selected Topics in History (3 credits)
HIST 679 Tutorial in a Selected Area of History (3 credits)
Research, Theses, and Comprehensive Examinations
HIST 685 MA Thesis (30 credits)