Masters in History
Degree Requirements for students who enrolled prior to January 2015.
Students who entered the program in or before the fall semester of 2014 have the option of obtaining a Master of/Magisteriate in Arts (History) under one of two options: Option A with an Original Essay; and Option B with a Thesis. Option A provides broader training through additional course work while Option B includes a more extensive project of original research. Both options are of generally recognized value for students intending to pursue doctoral study.
Admission Requirements. The normal requirement for admission into the MA is an honors 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 History department to serve as supervisor. Some applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be admitted into a Qualifying Year program.
Requirements for the Degree
1. Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits. The allocations of credits for Options A and B are specified below.
2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
3. 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.
4. Time Limits. All work for a master’s/magisteriate degree for full-time students must be completed within 12 terms (4 years) from the time of initial registration in the program at Concordia University; for part-time students the time limit is 15 terms (5 years).
Master of/Magisteriate in Arts with an Original Essay (Option A)
1. Courses. (18 credits). All students in Option A are required to complete 18 credits of courses at the 600 level, including HIST 600: Historical Theories and Methods (3 credits) and HIST 605: Introduction to the Original Essay (3 credits). Students are normally encouraged to incorporate breadth in their course selection. In exceptional cases students may, with the permission of the GPD, do 3 credits of course work at an equivalent level in another discipline.
2. Original Research Essay. (27 credits). All students in Option A must write an Original Research Essay, HIST 680. Under faculty supervision, students write an essay of approximately 40 pages in length that is based on primary research.
Master of/Magisteriate in Arts with a Thesis (Option B)
1. Courses. (12 credits). All students in Option B must take 12 credits of 600 level courses including HIST 600: Historical Theories and 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 3 credits of course work at an equivalent level in another discipline.
2. Thesis. HIST 685: MA Thesis (33 credits). The thesis is a work of primary research that normally runs to no more than 100 pages. Prepared under the supervision of one or more faculty it must be defended orally before a committee of three History faculty including the supervisor.
All graduate courses are one-term courses. Courses numbered 600 are taken at the master’s level and valued at 3 credits. Courses numbered 800 are taken at the PhD level and valued at 3 credits. Additional work is required of doctoral students. The content of these courses varies from term to term. Students should consult the department for more detailed information.
HIST 600 Historical Theories and Methods (3 credits)
This course examines the history of the discipline and the nature of historical knowledge, as well as contemporary debates about the meaning and practice of history. The content varies from term to term depending on the instructor(s). The material covered may include the following: research tools (e.g. library resources, the archives and the Internet), major approaches to history (e.g. Marxist, Annaliste, feminist), the debate about objectivity and truth in history, public history (history in film, television, schools, museums), and the impact of postmodernism on historical practice.
HIST 605 Introduction to the Original Research Essay (3 credits)
This course is required for all MA students in Option A and will be given as a tutorial by the faculty member who will supervise the Original Research Essay. The purpose of the course is to review the secondary literature that is relevant to the student’s proposed area of research and to develop a formal research proposal.
HIST 610/810 Selected Topics in European History (3 credits)
HIST 819 Tutorial in European History (3 credits)
Students in these courses may be required to have a reading knowledge of a language other than English as specified by the instructor(s).
HIST 620/820 Selected Topics in Canadian History (3 credits)
HIST 829 Tutorial in Canadian History (3 credits)
Students in these courses may be required to have a reading knowledge of both French and English.
United States History
HIST 630/830 Selected Topics in US History (3 credits)
HIST 839 Tutorial in US History (3 credits)
HIST 640/840 Selected Topics in Non-Western History (3 credits)
HIST 849 Tutorial in Non-Western History (3 credits)
HIST 650/850 Selected Topics in the History of Genocide (3 credits)
HIST 859 Tutorial in Genocide History (3 credits)
HIST 660/860 Selected Topics in the History of Gender (3 credits)
HIST 869 Tutorial in Gender History (3 credits)
Selected Areas of History
HIST 670/870 Selected Topics in History (3 credits)
HIST 679/879 Tutorial in a Selected Area of History (3 credits)
Research, Theses, and Comprehensive Examinations
HIST 680 MA Original Research Essay (27 credits)
HIST 685 MA Thesis (33 credits)
HIST 880 Comprehensive Examinations (12 credits)
HIST 885 PhD Thesis Proposal and Colloquium (6 credits)
HIST 890 Thesis Research (60 credits)