History Graduate Program


About the Program

The Department of History currently offers the MA and PhD degree in the following fields:

  • Canadian History, with particular emphasis on regional history and the history of Atlantic Canada;
  • International and Military History, emphasizing the history of war and diplomacy in the twentieth century;
  • Women's & Gender History, focusing on theoretical and historical perspectives which can be combined with existing graduate fields or stand alone;
  • Early Modern History, with particular emphasis on Western Europe, Britain and the Atlantic World;
  • Other fields may be considered based on faculty research interests and resources.

Particular subjects for research will be determined by the availability and expertise of supervisors, which include all members of the History Graduate Academic Unit, as well as some members of the Faculty of Law.  Members of St. Thomas University's History Department and of some other universities are Honorary Research Associates of the History GAU, and are available to co-supervise and/or supervise graduate fields.  For a list of these, please see the graduate faculty page.

Theses and reports are currently being written in these fields. Click here to view Theses and Reports completed in the last few years. For a list of all theses completed up to 2004, click here. In the future, most theses and reports are likely to be written in Canadian history, International/Military history and Women’s and Gender history. Arrangements can be made for research in other fields if a faculty member is prepared to supervise the research, if library holdings support the student’s major field and if students have access to appropriate primary sources.

In 2016-2017 the graduate faculty in history numbered 16 on the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. There are also several members of the St. Thomas University History Department who are authorized to assist in graduate supervisions as Honorary Research Associates.

Although exact numbers fluctuate from year to year, the Department normally enrols about 40-50 graduate students: over 75% of them are full time and in residence, and the others (including part-time students) are completing theses away from Fredericton, or are on temporary leave from the program. Of these graduate students, roughly 35% will be PhD students, the rest MA candidates.

UNB and University of Maine History graduate students organize an annual graduate student history conference held in the fall of each year. Submissions will be considered from any field of history.   A call for papers is usually made in the spring.

Every February, each graduate student still registered in the program must complete an Annual Progress Report, which will be reviewed by his/her supervisor and by the DoGS before submission to the School of Graduate Studies.

More Information

More information about the graduate program of the Department of History is available in the Graduate Calendar (which can be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies) or from Elizabeth Arnold, Graduate Studies Administrative Assistant.  A copy of the Department's Graduate Handbook is available here (PDF File).  UNB now has an online application form.


Department of History
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, N.B., Canada
E3B 5A3

Phone: (506)-453-4621


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Annual Snow Social, 2011, with graduate students and faculty

Annual Spaghetti and Snow Social, 2011