IX. Graduate Programs

History - Tri-University Program

MA Program

The MA program provides for emphasis on the Atlantic world, the history of crime, culture and entertainment, family and youth, gender and sexuality, health and nutrition, imperialism, indigenous history, military history, politics and international relations, religious history, rural history urban history, the history of science and the environment and tourism history.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must have a recognized honours degree in history, or its equivalent, with at least a 'B' average. Applicants are required to include with their application a separate statement describing their proposed area of study and, where possible, the suggested thesis topic.

Degree Requirements

Students enrol in one of two study options 1) thesis, or 2) course work and major research paper or course work.


Students must complete four courses (at least 2.0 credits) and submit a satisfactory thesis on an approved topic (25,000 words).

Course Work and Major Paper

Students must satisfactorily complete six courses (at least 3.0 credits) and submit a major paper on an approved topic (10,000 to 12,000 words).

Course Work

Students must complete 8 courses (at least 4 credits) three of which must require a research paper.

It is recommended but not required that students take HIST*6000 and HIST*6020. The remaining courses are subject to the approval of the Department of History. A reading knowledge of French is highly recommended and a student's advisory committee may require a second language for research purposes. MA students generally register for up to three courses per semester, or two if they hold a graduate teaching assistantship.

Graduate students are encouraged to consider including, as part of their program, appropriate graduate course offerings from other departments.

Interdepartmental Programs

Scottish Studies Interdepartmental Group

The Department of History participates in the activities of the Centre for Scottish Studies. Those faculty members whose research and teaching expertise includes aspects of Scottish studies may serve as advisors and examiners of MA students specializing in Scottish studies areas and who are registered in the Department of History.

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