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History MA

Admission Requirements

  • Honours degree in history or its equivalent.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the History Courses page for course descriptions.

History MA (45 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

HIST 600 The Nature of Historical Knowledge (3.00)
HIST 601 Historical Research Methods (3.00)

9credits chosen from History MA Electives
30credits chosen from
HIST 685 MA Thesis (30.00)

History MA Electives

HIST 610 Selected Topics in European History (3.00)
HIST 620 Selected Topics in Canadian History (3.00)
HIST 630 Selected Topics in US History (3.00)
HIST 634 Selected Topics in Latin American and Caribbean History (3.00)
HIST 638 Selected Topics in Asian History (3.00)
HIST 642 Selected Topics in Middle Eastern History (3.00)
HIST 646 Selected Topics in African History (3.00)
HIST 650 Selected Topics in the History of Genocide and Human Rights (3.00)
HIST 660 Selected Topics in the History of Gender and Sexuality (3.00)
HIST 665 Selected Topics in Public History (3.00)
HIST 670 Selected Topics in History (3.00)
HIST 679 Tutorial in a Selected Area of History (3.00)

Additional Degree Requirements

Courses. All students must take 15 credits of 600-level courses including HIST 600 and HIST 601. 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.

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 Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  3. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

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