VIII. Graduate Programs
History - Tri-University Program
Each student is required to demonstrate competence in one major field and two areas of concentration. This competence will be demonstrated by successful completion of the colloquium or the qualifying examination. One area of concentration must be in an area of study distinct from the major field and one area of concentration may be in another discipline. The distinction between a major field and an area of concentration is the depth and required range of reading rather than by geographical or chronological span. The major field and areas must be constructed so that a student can complete the major during two terms and both areas of concentration within another two terms. Students must take a seminar course in each of their qualifying or colloquium fields.
The student's advisory committee, in collaboration with the student, will establish the field and areas to be examined. The student's advisory committee, in collaboration with the candidate, will select either the comprehensive or the colloquium mode of examination, determine the scheduling of the examinations or colloquium, and approve the thesis proposal submitted by the student before the student proceeds to the examination. The comprehensive mode involves one historiographical essay and one written examination in each field or area and an oral examination covering the three. The colloquium mode requires two essays, one of which must be historiographical, to be written in each field or area. Following the completion of field preparations to the satisfaction of the advisory committee, the candidate in the colloquium mode presents an independent research paper on a topic approved by the advisory committee. For both modes, the examining committee will be composed of the thesis advisor, the field or area advisors, an additional member of the graduate faculty, and the director or designate as chair.
The PhD fields and the oral qualifying examination must be completed by the end of the fifth term/semester. The colloquium must be completed by the end of the sixth term/semester. No extensions will be permitted, except in cases where approval has been given by the co-ordinating committee. Continuation in the program after the qualifying exam or colloquium requires at least a B+ average, based on all courses taken in the program to that point and their proportionate weighting.
Following successful completion of the colloquium or qualifying examination, the student must complete, under the supervision of a Tri-University Doctoral Program in History faculty member, an original research project on an advanced topic. A thesis embodying the results of that research must be presented and defended before an examining committee. The Tri-University Doctoral Program limits thesis supervision to five fields of study - Canadian history; Scottish history; early modern European history; modern European history; Race, Slavery and Imperialism.
Applications are considered by the Tri-University co-ordinating committee. Only students who are graduates of accredited universities and colleges are eligible for admission. Students will be admitted only after they have obtained an MA in which they have received at least an A- standing. Since not all applicants can be admitted, close attention is paid to samples of applicants' written work, to applicants' transcripts and past records as a whole, and to their statement of research interests. Applicants from outside Canada whose previous education cannot be assessed readily may be required to demonstrate their knowledge by other means, such as the Graduate Record Examination. Non-Canadian applicants whose first language is not French or English are required to submit evidence of proficiency in the English language or pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A net score of 600 is required. Registration at one university for three degrees (BA, MA, PhD) is discouraged.
Students must demonstrate a knowledge of written French (or other appropriate second language, approved by the co-ordinating committee) before the qualifying examination. Students must register in the Doctoral Seminar. For details see the program handbook.