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Doctorate (PhD)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
4 years
90 credits
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Program overview

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.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the History Courses page for course descriptions.

History PhD (90 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

HIST 889 Doctoral Seminar (6.00)
HIST 878 Comprehensive Major Field Tutorial (6.00)

6credits chosen from two 3-credit reading courses at the 800 level in the student’s minor comprehensive field.


HIST 880 Comprehensive Examinations (12.00)



HIST 885 PhD Thesis Proposal and Colloquium (6.00)



HIST 890 Thesis Research (54.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 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.

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