MA in History

Entrance Requirements

In addition to general Departmental requirements, applicants should have a BA in History. Applicants with degrees in other fields may be considered on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Associate Chair (Graduate) in consultation with Graduate Admissions Committee, and may be asked to take a qualifying year.

Program Requirements

The MA in History can be taken as a thesis-based or a course-based program. Both may be subsequently used as a qualification for application to the PhD program. Students must declare at the beginning of their graduate studies which program they intend to follow. Students wishing to change their program category must seek the approval of the Department.

Successful completion of the MA program does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program. Students wishing to go on to a PhD must make a formal application according to standard procedures.

For students specializing in Canadian History, the modern language requirement will normally be French (in appropriate cases, the Department may permit another language to be substituted at the MA level). For all other students, the specific language requirement(s) will be determined in consultation with the student's supervisor.

*For Students admitted before Fall 2020 - OLD requirements

1. Thesis MA in History:

Students must:

take and pass one of HIST 601 (3), HIST 603, HIST 604, HIST 605 , or HIST 610 (3), or SOC 519;

take and pass HIST 602;

take and pass HIST 609;

take and pass 12 in 600-level HIST courses [maximum of 6 should be in the area of concentration and maximum of 3 in HIST 699];

fulfil the language requirement

write a thesis (minimum of 6 in thesis registration), which should normally be not more than 100 pages in length.

In addition, students should fulfill FGSR's Ethics and PD Requirements.

2. Course-based MA in History:

Students must:

take and pass one of HIST 601 (3), HIST 603, HIST 604, HIST 605, or HIST 610 (3), or SOC 519

take and pass HIST 602

take and pass 15 in 600-level HIST courses [maximum of 6 in HIST 699

fulfil the language requirement

write a research paper [6 in HIST 900] which normally should not exceed 50 pages in length but which should reflect a significant use of primary materials and research. The paper will be assessed by two readers normally from the Department. Both must approve the project. It is expected that this degree will be completed in one to two years. The Department will not provide supervisory services for more than two registrations in HIST 900.

In addition, students should fulfill FGSR's Ethics and PD Requirements.

The minimum period of residence is two four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

*For Students admitted Fall 2020 and after - NEW requirements

Thesis-based Program

Students are required to complete a minimum of «19 in coursework and a thesis.

Coursework («19)

Required courses («10)

HIST 602 (1)

Any two of:

HIST 603 (3)

HIST 604 (3)

HIST 605 (3)

HIST 606 (3)

HIST 609 (★3)

Elective Courses («9):

An additional three 3 graduate courses. Up to two of these may be graduate classes other than HIST, with approval of Department. No more than one of these may be HIST 699 except with approval of Department.

Thesis

Registration in 900-level THES. Students are required to write and orally defend a thesis based on original research. The thesis should normally be not more than 100 pages in length.

Course-based Program

Students are required to complete a minimum of «25 including both coursework and a Directed Research Project.

Coursework («19)

Required courses («7)

HIST 602 (1)

Any two of:

HIST 603 (3)

HIST 604 (3)

HIST 605 (3)

HIST 606 (3)

Elective Courses («12):

An additional four 3 graduate courses. Up to two of these may be graduate classes other than HIST, with approval of Department. No more than two of these may be HIST 699 except with approval of Department.

Directed Research Project («6):

Students must successfully complete two consecutive registrations of «3 in HIST 900, which requires a research paper of 40-50 pages which should reflect a significant use of primary materials and research.

Requirements Common to Both Thesis- and Course-Based

Ethics Requirement

Students fulfill three hours of the FGSR Ethics Training Requirement through HIST 602. Students must also complete the FGSR Graduate Ethics Training course.

Professional Development Requirement

Students fulfill four hours of the FGSR Professional Development Requirement through HIST 602.

Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate competence in a language other than English according to the procedures specified in the Departmental Language Requirement.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence for both the course-based and thesis-based programs is two four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

The time required to complete the MA will vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken; however, a minimum of 12 months is normally required.