History

Master of Arts (MA)

Course-based program

Program overview

This program caters to a wide range of student profiles including those aiming for an academic track, a professional career, or to continue their training in history on a part-time basis. Students participate in graduate seminars that give them wide exposure to thematic and geographic areas of study. After their course work is complete, students write a research-based essay under the direction of a supervisor.

Completing this program

  • Core Course: Historiography and the Theories of History, and two research and writing courses that will guide students through the development of their major research essay.
  • Research Paper: A 30 to 40-page major research essay modeled on a scholarly research article, marked by the advisor and an additional faculty member
  • Required Course Load: Students must enroll in a minimum of one course per semester.
  • Additional Courses: Topics may include Canada, Europe, Latin America, United States, science, intellectual history, political history and more.
  • Language: Students demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language related to the major field of study, by examination, before the marking of the major research essay

Outcomes

Historical research consulting, teaching, public history, government research analysis, civil service and diplomacy, professional writing and editing.

A master’s degree in history will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Course-based program

Eight courses including a minimum of seven graduate seminars; Major Research Essay. Reading knowledge of a second language related to the student's research interests is also required.

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

One calendar year with a two-year full-time maximum, or a four year part-time maximum

Supervisor

A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.


  1. Lyndsay Campbell

    Lyndsay Campbell

    Accepting Inquiries
  2. George Colpitts

    George Colpitts

    Accepting Inquiries
    Environmental History, Canadian History, Western Canada, Indigenous People, Cultural Exchange and the Fur Trade, Fur, Modernity and Industrialized relations, Treaty Trade, the State, and Business History
  3. Heather Devine

    Heather Devine

    Accepting Inquiries
  4. Petra Dolata

    Petra Dolata

    Accepting Inquiries
    Energy History, International History, Diplomatic History
  5. Alexander Hill

    Alexander Hill

    Accepting Inquiries
    Soviet military history, The Second World War, Soviet military and naval policy
  6. Nancy Janovicek

    Nancy Janovicek

    Accepting Inquiries
    Twentieth Century Canada, Canadian Women's and Gender History, Oral History
  7. Amelia Kiddle

    Amelia Kiddle

    Accepting Inquiries
  8. Mark Konnert

    Mark Konnert

    Accepting Inquiries
    Early modern Europe
  9. Hendrik Kraay

    Hendrik Kraay

    Seeking Students
    History of Brazil, Civic Rituals, Popular Festivals, Military Institutions, Slavery, Race, Popular Politics, Latin American History
  10. Ken MacMillan

    Ken MacMillan

    Accepting Inquiries
    Early Modern England, circa 1500-1750, English Empire and Atlantic World, circa 1575-1750, Crime and Criminal Justice in Early Modern England, Early Modern International Law and Diplomacy

Admission requirements


GPA

A minimum of 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

Four-year undergraduate program with honours or a major in history. Usually this entails at least 14 History courses. Credit may be given for up to two courses in other disciplines, if appropriate for the proposed area of study.

Work samples

A copy of a historical research paper, preferably graded, normally at the senior undergraduate level.

Documents

250-word (minimum) statement of research interest including research topics in the major field and the reasons for pursuing a postgraduate degree in history.

Reference letters

Two

Test scores

None


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
  • IELTS score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version)
  • MELAB score of 80, or higher
  • PTE score of 59, or higher (Academic version)
  • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of B,C,C (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency)

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Apr. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Apr. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of History

Social Sciences Building, Room 656
618 Campus Place NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4
403.220.3839

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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