The Master of Arts Program in History | College of Arts

The Master of Arts Program in History

This program allows students to engage in substantive research in a wide variety of fields:

  • pre and post-Confederation Canada
  • medieval, early modern and modern Europe
  • modern Britain
  • Scotland
  • rural and agricultural history
  • history of science, technology, medicine and food
  • history of tourism
  • environmental and animal history
  • gender, family, and women in Europe, Britain, and North America
  • social and military impact of war, race and slavery
  • global history

Admission Requirements:

  • a degree in history, or its equivalent, with at least a high second class or upper 'B' average
  • included with the application, a statement of intent describing proposed area of study and proposed thesis topic
  • academic transcripts, minimum two academic references, and other relevant materials required by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • please also see our How To Apply page for more details, templates, etc.


History MA Degree Requirements:

Students normally obtain the MA degree by satisfactorily completing six courses (at least 3.0 credits) and submitting a major paper on an approved topic (10,000 to 12,000 words). Alternatively, the student may qualify for the MA degree by completing four courses (at least 2.0 credits) and submitting a satisfactory thesis on an approved topic (25,000 words). They may also qualify for an MA by completing 8 courses (at least 4 credits) three of which must require a research paper. For more details about the MA degree requirements, please consult the current University of Guelph Graduate Calendar.

Please also consult our helpful Guelph History MA Thesis / MRP Proposal Guidelines .pdf


Collaborative International Development Studies (IDS) Designation:

Students can also choose to combine their MA in History with an IDS designation (MA.HIST+IDEV). The IDS collaborative specialization offers an interdisciplinary framework for the study of international development that combines training in a selected academic discipline with exposure to a broad range of social science perspectives. This designation gives extra flexibility on the job market while permitting disciplinary specialization required by most PhD programs. In addition to the MA in History course requirements (tailored to IDS), students take the IDS seminar and one course from each core area: Sociology/Anthropology, Geography, Economics and Political Science. Completion of the IDS program adds the designation "International Development Studies" to the MA degree. Visit the IDS website for more information or e-mail