Department of History

Graduate Programs

Masters in History

The Saint Mary's History Department has particular strengths in:

Public, Community & Applied History

Migration & Settlement History

History of Culture & Memory

Our one-year M.A. Program is small and collegial, catering to both full and part time students. Enrolments are limited, allowing faculty members to devote time and energy to fostering the research skills of each Masters student. Generous fellowships are available and opportunities also exist for working as Teaching Assistants. The core graduate seminar surveys the theories and methods of the discipline of History. Students can choose among a range of seminar courses to further broaden their knowledge and also have the option of working one on one with individual faculty members in directed studies in order to fulfil the program’s course requirements. Our MA candidates work closely with a supervisor to plan, research, and write their Masters’ thesis, the capstone of our program. Recent graduates of the History M.A. program have advanced to Ph.D. programs or pursued careers as museum curators, researchers, teachers, lawyers, or archivists. Saint Mary's University is located two city blocks from the Nova Scotia Archives and its rich collection of French and Acadian records, British Colonial Office papers, immigration and census data, wills, probate records, maps, and photos.

Further details on individual faculty specializations and the MA program requirements, as well as a list of the graduate courses being offered in any given year can be found on this webpage: Faculty pageMA handbook, and 6000 courses list.

Applicants are normally expected to have a B.A. with Honours in History from a recognized university or college and to submit a thesis research proposal, a writing sample, a curriculum vitæ, as well as a list of any scholarly awards, publications or public presentations. Please contact the History Graduate Program Coordinator for advice about preparing an application. HistoryMA@smu.ca