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History (M.A.)

Program Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in History (Thesis) offered by the Department of History and Classical Studies in the Faculty of Arts is a research-intensive program that emphasizes challenging and innovative learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in critical reading, original thinking, and academic writing to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

The program may also be taken as one of the following options:

Development Studies option: offers advanced training in the practice of History as an academic discipline, with an emphasis on international development

Gender and Women's Studies option: offers specialized courses in Gender & Women’s Studies and student's complete their thesis with an emphasis on feminist, women’s, and gender studies.

Keywords: Canadian, British, European, and East Asian history, history of medicine, science, gender and sexuality, history of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds, global history.

Unique Program Features

  • The program provides a strong grounding either for further advanced studies in History (Ph.D.) or as a gateway to a variety of professions;
  • The Department of History is one of the largest in Canada;
  • Students benefit from the possibility (with the approval of the Department) to take up to 6 credits outside of the department/university (e.g., History departments at Concordia, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal);
  • Faculty members expertise focuses on Canadian/British and European/East Asian history, the history of science and newer fields such as the history of gender and sexuality, the history of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds, and global history.

University-Levels Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MA in History website

Department Contact

Graduate Program graduate.history [at] (subject: MA%20in%20History) (email)

Available Intakes


Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 January 15

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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