The PhD in History allows you to gain expertise in a broad range of topics, including law and society, media and popular culture, and transnationalism and empire. Doctoral students join a vibrant research community and are invited to become involved in one of the many centres affiliated with the Department of History such as the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Curating and Public Scholarship Lab. The program encourages creativity and innovation, allowing students to respond to critical social issues in new and interesting ways. The storytelling techniques used by our students include the use of telecommunications, multimedia, oral histories and mobile exhibitions.
MA degree in History, with high standing, from a recognized university.
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.
We pride ourselves in offering minor and major fields that are tailor-made to our students’ research interests. These fields can be geographical, chronological, thematic, or methodological fields. Examples of fields recently supervised include:
Twentieth-Century US History
History of Migration
Japanese Popular Culture
History and Memory
Our doctoral seminar HIST 889 allows for scholarly, pedagogical, and professional conversations. The format of this course is fluid as it is designed to respond to the concerns of each doctoral cohort. Topics of discussion include study and writing strategies for comprehensive exams, grant-proposal writing workshops, research methods and resources, teaching strategies for the undergraduate classroom, and discussions of historical theories and methods. The seminar meets bi-weekly during the fall and winter terms.
Full-time graduate students and new applicants for full-time study can apply for a teaching assistantships of around $ 3,700 per semester.
A number of departmental awards are also available for graduate students, including the Dagobert Broh Graduate Research Stipend, the Dagobert Broh Doctoral Entrance Fellowship, 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
International Tuition Award of Excellence
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.
Our alumni find great success in a wide range of professional careers, including international relations, transportation, social work, journalism, law, politics, public advocacy, archives management and education.
Please be advised that Concordia University does not process admissions or fee payments through third parties for our degree programs.
All applicants are advised to ensure that they are communicating directly with the university for admissions and fee payments.