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how to apply

We are currently accepting applications for rolling admission to the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters.

The Fall 2020 semester is scheduled to proceed with in-person classes as per usual. For more visit the OGPS Covid-19 FAQ


Applying for the Master's Degree or PhD? Either way:

1. Please apply to the campus of the Tri-U (Guelph/Waterloo/Wilfrid Laurier) where your proposed faculty advisor is located. Find an Advisor

2. Applying to work with a Guelph faculty advisor? Follow the University of Guelph Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies application process.

3. Include with your application: a. Statement of Research Interest;  b. Writing Sample;  c. your CV;  d. completed MA advisor preference form (if applying for the MA; please email this directly to Pam Keegan -
    For more see the Tri-U Admissions Requirements pages MA / PhD 

4. Questions? See About the MA / About the PhD. Or, email Guelph campus graduate coordinator, Professor Susan Nance (  

FAQs /  links:

  • "What is a Statement of Interest?" Click the link for a template and advice from Guelph History
  • Is it ok if I have lots of online courses on my transcript? Not to worry. These will not disqualify your application from consideration.
  • How will the admissions committee look at my GPA? In practice, we are interested in your marks in History courses in your last two years of university, looking for a minimum of a B+ average in those courses.
  • Should I email my prospective faculty advisor before I submit my application to ask about their availability and expertise on my research topic? Yes!
  • Why do I need to look at the admissions process and instructions University of Guelph, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies? Guelph's OGPS office has information on English language requirements, how to start your application, how to get documents in on time, what kinds of documents you need, etc.
  • Why do I need to email a completed MA Advisor Preference form? This form helps us identify the best faculty to evaluate your application and make sure that we have an Advisor ready to work with you.
  • How will I pay for this degree? If we make you an offer of admission, we will also offer a generous guaranteed funding package. For more see how to fund your degree.


Still have questions? Let us know:

Pam Keegan - Academic Program Assistant, Guelph Campus
Department of History, University of Guelph
2007 MacKinnon Extension  |  (519) 824-4120 ex. 56528
Dr. Susan Nance - Graduate Coordinator, Guelph Campus
Department of History, University of Guelph
2008 MacKinnon Extension  |  (519) 824-4120 ex. 56327

Tri-University Program Administrators:
Dr. Jane Nicholas, Tri-University Program Director
Department of History, St. Jerome's University / University of Waterloo
519-884-8111 ext 28273

Mary Lou Klassen, Tri-University Program Secretary
Department of History, University of Waterloo
(519) 884-8111 ex. 28250