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Graduate Studies

*The due date for COMPLETED applications for the next round of admissions (to begin degree work in Fall 2020) is February 1, 2020.

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Our graduate program is linked with those at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, together known as the Tri-University Graduate Program in History. Collectively, the Tri-U is the second largest history graduate program in Canada. Students complete degrees from a home base on one of the three campuses, while having the option of taking classes and employing faculty advisors from any of the Tri-U campuses.

History Graduate Studies brochure .pdf


Mary Lou Klassen, Graduate Program Secretary, St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo (519) 884-8111 ext. 28250

Dr. Susan Nance, Graduate Program Coordinator, 2007 MacKinnon Extension, University of Guelph (519) 824-4120 ext. 56325,



What our graduates say...


"The Tri-University Program for history is unique and provided me with the opportunity while at Guelph gaining my MA to experience all the three Tri-U companion universities and draw on resources from them."- Rebecca Pyrah, MA 2018. 

"I decided to come to Guelph for my PhD because the program addressed both teaching and research development among its students. The doctoral program at Guelph gives students a great balance of research, teaching, and professional experience -- an excellent preparation for the job market. Completing my degree at Guelph gave me the chance to work with world-class historians." - Heather Parker, Ph.D. (Guelph '12) Editor (with Elizabeth Ewan and Jodi Campbell) The Shaping of Scottish Identities: Family, Nation and the World Beyond (2011).

"The faculty and staff were so approachable and friendly in the Tri-University history program at Guelph. I felt like all of the professors really cared about my success and I really appreciated the support I received from the program. The helpful and challenging nature of the program was one of the reasons I decided to come back to Guelph to pursue further graduate studies." - Anne Vermeyden, M.A. (Guelph '11)

"My advisor and various members of the Department have provided me with a wide range of experiences which I think have been essential to securing a tenure track position (including teaching, service and research). My experience has been excellent and this is due to the opportunities provided by, and support offered from, the department and particularly my advisor." - Janay Nugent, M.A. (Guelph '97), Ph.D. (Guelph '05) Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge

"The professionalism of the department was exemplary, but so, too, were the generosity and thoughtfulness offered by faculty and staff. Being around these people was one of the true highlights of my education." - John Walsh, B.A., M.A. (University of Ottawa), Ph.D (Guelph '02) Associate Professor, Carleton University

"From the professors to the administrative staff, my experience at Guelph were truly some of the best years of my life.... I will have nothing but good words for the History department to anyone who asks, and should I decide to continue, I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else." - Jason Wilson, M.A. (Guelph '03), Ph.D. (Guelph '13)