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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
August 24, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Graduate Program (MA, PhD)

Master of Arts in History
Doctor of Philosophy in History

Graduate history at Laurier in the Tri-University Graduate Program in History: great discussions in small classes and one-on-one with professors. The pleasure of working with historical documents and producing original scholarship. The joy of learning to teach the next generation of history students.

Small class sizes and attentive mentoring:

We are deeply committed to teaching and to the individual scholarly development of our students:

  • classes are for graduate students only, are generally capped at 12, and usually contain 6-12 students.
  • reviewers have praised Laurier's Department of History for excellence in teaching
  • former students rave about the faculty support they have received in the program (click here for graduate program alumni testimonials)

A wealth of resources and choice:

The Wilfrid Laurier University department of history, together with the departments of history at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo, offers a joint program leading to M.A. and PhD degrees known as the Tri-University Graduate Program in History.

Students register at one of the three universities, but have access to the resources of one of the largest graduate history programs in the country:

  • the scholarship, and research and teaching experience, of over sixty graduate faculty members.
  • a peer group of approximately 150 fellow graduate students.
  • eight major teaching and research fields for doctoral study.
  • 24 M.A. courses (in 2013-14) in subjects ranging from Canada's First Nations and Early Modern History to the Vietnam War, Human Rights, and Topics in Cultural History.
  • the combined library resources of Laurier, the University of Guelph, and the University of Waterloo.
  • the annual Tri-University Conference, which provides graduate students with an early and supportive environment in which to present their research.

Well-structured Programs:

Close mentorship is built right in to the M.A. and PhD programs.

Master's students engage in a two-stage proposal process for their Major Research Papers (MRPs) that provides meaningful feedback that strengthens projects in the important early stages. An oral defence with the supervisor and two other professors from the Tri-University program offers further feedback and a capstone to the program.

Unlike in some programs, the doctoral program offers annual committee meetings, and a series of program milestones (field seminars, the comprehensive exam, the proposal, the colloquium paper) that engage students' committees throughout the dissertation process, from conception through research, writing, and editing.

Scholarships and Minimum Guaranteed Funding:

Laurier's students have a strong record of success in winning scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) programs. The History Department and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provide close supervision and assistance of students' grant-writing. Also, unlike many graduate programs, Laurier's provides minimum guaranteed funding for both M.A. and doctoral students.

Opportunities to Teach:

Master's and doctoral students gain experience and hone their teaching abilities as tutorial leaders and markers in junior undergraduate courses. In the later years of their programs, doctoral students making good progress are generally able to develop and teach their own courses with the support of their supervisors, an invaluable professional opportunity.

A Program with Students at the Heart:

Read what our graduates have to say! (click here)

About the M.A. in History
About the PhD in History

Scholarship Deadlines:

OGS Deadline:  opens Oct 1 and closes Jan 15 2015
SSHRC Master's (so for students currently in 4th year): Dec 1, 2015
SSHRC Doctoral (for current MAs intending to go into PhD Program and current PhD students): departmental deadline Oct 21, 2015