Master of Arts in History

The Master of Arts in History exposes students to a range of historical debates and methodologies through a variety of seminars. The program has four fields of concentration: International, Gender, Canadian, and European history. A seminar in each of these fields is available yearly. The program consists of course work and a Major Research Paper (MRP) and is normally be completed within a year. The MRP provides students with an opportunity to engage in primary research as well as the major historiography of their research area. The MA is designed to train students for further graduate work such as entry into a PhD program and to develop research and writing skills useful for a wide array of other educational and career options. A special feature of the program is the annual Graduate Student Conference held each spring at which students present their MRP proposals to a wider audience.

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete 24 credits as follows:
HIST 5006 Methods in Historical Research I 3 cr.
HIST 5007 Methods in Historical Research II 3 cr.
Students also complete 12 credits in MA seminar courses. Credits are obtained from completing four, 3 credit courses chosen from the field courses. Alternatively each MA student is permitted to take one Directed Studies course for 3 credits.
5000 level Canadian History 3 cr.
5000 level European History 3 cr.
5000 level International History 3 cr.
5000 level Gender History 3 cr.
HIST 5995 Major Research Paper 6 cr.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a Master of Arts in History degree, students must:

  1. satisfy all stated requirements for the degree;
  2. complete the specified courses, with a minimum overall average of 70%, and a minimum grade of 70% in each course after no more than one attempt;
  3. not have failed more than one course (failed grades are not counted in the average);
  4. complete the program within the time-to-completion guidelines in the School of Graduate Studies Regulations document.
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