History

  • Degrees Offered: MA, PhD
  • Application Deadline: Open; January 15 (for funding consideration)
  • Study Options: Thesis / Report (MA); Dissertation (PhD)
  • Duration: One/two (MA) to four/five (PhD) years
  • Entry Terms: Fall

Established in 1785, UNB has a long history of helping students interpret the past. Our history department’s graduate programs examine diverse narratives about societies, institutions and cultures to help make sense of the complex world in which we live today. Students develop invaluable critical reading, professional writing and advanced analytical skills while exploring this endlessly fascinating discipline.

Roughly half our graduate students choose to study Canadian History, and many focus on regional topics in Atlantic Canada. These subjects are facilitated by access to our associated research centers, The Atlantic Canada Studies Centre and the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. UNB history graduates go on to find rewarding careers in archives, museums, cultural institutions, public service, the private sector, and in tenured faculty positions at universities. Currently, the History Department has approximately 45 MA and PhD candidates, but there are generally more than 55 active students.

Research Areas

Recent Faculty and Student Research

  • The Memorialization of the Holocaust in Canada
  • Preservation of Miramichi Heritage Through Song
  • The Evolution of Game Regulation in New Brunswick
  • Great War Memorials in New Brunswick
  • Mapping Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual History in Fredericton
  • Pakistan Against Itself: The Rise of Extremism
  • Preternatural Usage of Human Body Parts in the Late Medieval & Early Modern Germany
  • The Mutual Identity Crises of Black and Jewish Americans in the Late 1960s
  • The British Indian Army in North Africa
  • 19th Century Regimes of Health at the Tracadie Lazaretto (Leper Hospital)
  • Patients, Power and Therapeutic work in the New Brunswick Hospital for Nervous Diseases

Application Requirements

  1. MA applicants should hold an honours degree in history, or equivalent. Priority is given to those with first-class standing.
  2. PhD applicants should hold a masters degree in history with high and first class standing.
  3. Prior to applying, applicants must contact a prospective advisor to secure research supervision.
  4. All applicants are expected to submit:
    • Résumé
    • Statement of research interests
    • Academic writing sample
    • Complete application form
  5. International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language scores that meet or exceed International English language testing system (IELTS) band 7.

Funding

MA-level teaching assistantships are valued at approximately $15,000 over 12 months. Outstanding students, such as those who hold a first class honours degree, are eligible to receive a top up merit award (Board of Governor Merit Award, or the Magee-Third Century Postgraduate Merit Award ) valued at approximately $3000.00 over 12 months. A maximum of five semesters of funding is possible. 

At the Ph.D. level assistantships are currently valued at $19,000 per year with merit awards going to the top candidates in the Arts Faculty. Students at both the MA and PhD level are eligible and encouraged to apply for SSHRC funding. UNB History graduate students have been very successful over the years in winning these prestigious fellowships.

Contact Us

For more information on our program, contact Dr. William Parenteau, Director of Graduate Studies, or Elizabeth Arnold, Graduate Program Assistant.

Related: History Graduate Program

History Information Sheet