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Graduate Studies

History Grad Studies admissions for Fall 2021 are closed. Applications for the Fall 2022 cohort are due by Feb. 1, 2022. Visit How to Apply

Graduate History at Guelph:

Our internationally recognized faculty experts support graduate research in the histories of:

  • Indigenous Peoples / Turtle Island
  • Canada
  • medieval, early modern & modern Europe
  • modern Britain
  • Scotland
  • rural / agricultural history
  • tourism & travel
  • history of science, technology, medicine, food
  • environmental, animals
  • gender, family, women
  • war, race, slavery

Our graduate students:

  • complete degrees from a home base on one of the three campuses
  • take classes and work with faculty advisors from any of the Tri-U campuses
  • receive generous, guaranteed funding packages that include scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships, and more

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. Tara Abraham, Graduate Program Coordinator, 2010 MacKinnon Extension, University of Guelph (519) 824-4120 ext. 56012,


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 '18). 

"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. '12), Editor (with Elizabeth Ewan and Jodi Campbell) of 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. '11, Ph.D. '17)

"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. '97, Ph.D. '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 (Ph.D '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. '03, Ph.D. '13)


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