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History (MA)

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Master of Arts (MA)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
45 credits
Start term
Fall, Winter

Program overview

The MA in History trains inquisitive minds for the 21st century. The department’s mission is to prepare historians for careers in teaching and research and produce graduates who share its commitment to serving the broader community. We offer courses in a wide range of temporal and thematic fields, including law and society, gender and sexuality, genocide and human rights and transnationalism and empire. Our faculty members are engaged in interdisciplinary research projects and encourage student participation in research projects at the local, national, and international levels. You will benefit from our long-standing affiliation with internationally-renowned research institutes such as the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Our resources will help you develop expertise as an oral historian and multimedia storyteller, to communicate research findings in imaginative and unconventional ways and to gain experience in policy-making and public advocacy.

Program structure

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)

Admission requirements

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.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1


October 1



Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

Out-of-province students

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