Our MA program trains inquisitive minds for the 21st century. The department’s mission is both to prepare historians for careers in teaching and research and produce graduates who share its commitment to serving the broader community.
As a department of world history with a strong interdisciplinary bent, we offer courses in a broad range of temporal and thematic fields, including law and society, gender and sexuality, public history and memory, genocide and human rights, and transnationalism and empire. Our acclaimed faculty members are engaged in interdisciplinary research projects and encourage student participation in research projects at the local, national, and international levels.
Benefit from our long-standing affiliation with internationally renowned research institutes dedicated to the study of public history. The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and the Curating and Public Scholarship Lab provide a wealth of resources for you to develop expertise as oral historian and multimedia storyteller; to communicate research findings in imaginative and unconventional ways; and to gain experience in policy making and public advocacy.
Join a student body that includes young scholars, professionals and working people who are returning to university from successful careers. The size of our MA program is one of its assets: it is large enough to allow for the creation of a collegial cohort of students and a diverse section of seminars each year, but small enough that students have generous access to their supervisors and benefit from the personal mentoring that is one of the hallmarks of our program.
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.
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.
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.
The MA in History provides you with an academically rich and collaborative learning environment. In small seminar settings, you will be able to work closely with the department’s award-winning professors. You will also benefit from two seminars designed exclusively for our incoming MA students. These seminars offer you an opportunity to explore contemporary debates about the meaning and practice of history, envision and conceptualize your MA thesis, and, equally important, forge strong bonds with your peers in the program.
In addition, we offer a broad range of thematic and methodological courses including:
Full-time graduate students and new applicants for full-time study can apply for marker/mentor positions of around $ 2,500 per year. Students will not be considered if they are beyond their second year of study in the program.
A number of departmental awards are also available for graduate students, including the Keith Lowther Graduate Award, the Inge Thurm Bursary in Women’s or Gender History, and the Geoffrey Adams Scholarship in French History.
Other awards available through the Faculty of Arts and Science include:
Concordia Merit Scholarship
Concordia University Graduate Fellowship
Hydro-Quebec Graduate Award
John W. O'Brien Graduate Fellowship
Clara Strozyk Scholarship
Out-of-Province Fee Remission Awards
Conference Travel Awards
Consideration for Entrance Awards is automatically part of the admissions process for all new students.
Graduate students organize one of North America’s longest-running history graduate conferences. History in the Making is an annual bilingual conference that invites students from Quebec, Ontario, Atlantic Canada and the northeastern United States to showcase their work in their respective fields. Past conferences have addressed topics such as “Recording History: Memories, Monuments & Manuscripts,” “Shattered Spaces: Piecing Together Narratives of Crisis and Change” and “Reinterpreting Our Collective Pasts: Community, Identity, and Memory.”
The Graduate History Students’ Association aims to promote a stimulating academic and social atmosphere by organizing social events, informal academic discussions, speaking engagements and other activities.
As a graduate student in history, you will hone your communication and research skills, learn how to combine meticulous attention to detail with a wide-ranging understanding of the historical context, and develop your cultural knowledge and sensitivity. The ability to comprehend and broker cultural differences is useful in a wide range of fields.
Our alumni find great success in a diverse range of professional careers, including international relations, pharmaceuticals, health care, media, government, social work, journalism, law, politics, public advocacy, archives management, documentary filmmaking and education.
Our MA history graduates have been accepted to highly competitive doctoral programs, such as Columbia University, Yale University, Rutgers University, the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan.