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PhD program

Benefit from the flexibility of our PhD program and the rigorous training that prepares you for careers in and outside the university.

Our doctoral students have a strong record in securing funding and their research has won national recognition.

Our doctoral program is designed for scholars who demonstrate a high degree of motivation and self-direction. We offer admission to a limited number of clearly excellent applicants each year.

Graduate handbook  History graduate program

Supervisors and committees

Each PhD student will work closely with a supervisor. Contact an appropriate faculty member before completing your formal application.

No application for admission will be considered unless you have already secured a commitment from a faculty member to serve as a potential supervisor.

If you are accepted into the program, we will set up a supervisory committee, whose members, including your supervisor, will consult you and determine your specific program requirements.

These specific program requirements will involve:

  • the completion of 15ch of courses (including Hist6925, Hist6935 and Hist6945)
  • reading fields
  • a teaching apprenticeship
  • possible language requirements, (depending on the field of study)
  • the completion of your doctoral dissertation

The PhD program is designed to be completed in four to five years of full-time study.

We strive to create a program that matches your interests and needs, while giving you the opportunity to work with several faculty members.

For more detailed information, see the guidelines for MA and PhD students.


The standard prerequisite for admission to the PhD program is a completed MA in History (either by course and report or by course and thesis) with high standing.

Your application must be received by Dec. 15.

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You must have secured the commitment of a potential supervisor prior to applying. Contact the director of graduate studies for advice on potential advisors.

Your application must include:

  • a research proposal, developed in consultation with your potential supervisor
  • a recent writing sample
  • three references (at least two from professors who can comment in detail on your academic abilities and potential)

Your application will be used to make decisions about admission and funding, so it’s worth taking time to prepare it carefully.


PhD students are eligible for up to four years of assistantship support, provided that they are successful in the Faculty of Arts funding competition.

There are also a number of other scholarships and awards available.

We require our eligible PhD candidates to apply for doctoral fellowships from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. We provide guidance for all students who prepare applications for these awards.

Graduate history courses   Current course offerings