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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 5, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Ph.D Program

Admission to the program requires an MA in history with a GPA in all Master's work of at least an A-. M.A. graduates in a program other than History may be admitted if evidence justifying admission is offered; however, a program of appropriate preparatory studies (a qualifying year) may be required of such applicants. In order to be admitted to the PhD program, a student must meet the general admission requirements of the university (see also the Laurier calendar descriptions for the PhD program).

Applicants are required to submit three letters of reference, a statement of research interests, a cv, a sample of written work, and a program preference form (please see the Tri-U website for this form and further details on the application process). Students are expected to be proficient in the language or languages needed in their areas of research. Please note that acceptance into graduate school is a competitive process and that meeting these minimum requirements alone is not a guarantee of an offer of admission.

Our four-year PhD program consists of a mixture of seminar courses, presentations, examinations and student instructional opportunites. The program culminates in the student's writing and successful defence of a PhD dissertation of such cogency and originality as will represent a significant contribution to knowledge. This thesis will normally be between 50,000 and 90,000 words in length following the traditional dissertation format (not the Multiple Manuscript Option). 

Please follow the links for a list of current doctoral students and projects and recent dissertations. For more information on the PhD program, please see the Tri-University Handbook.

For further questions, please contact the Department's Graduate Officer, Dr. Susan Neylan (