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History

  • Degrees Offered: MA, PhD
  • Application Deadline: Open; Jan. 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 centres, 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 

  • Canadian History 
  • Canadian and Atlantic Region History
  • Early Modern History
  • International and Military History 
  • Social Histroy of Medicine and Health
  • Twentieth-Century American History 

Current faculty and research areas

Fredericton Campus

  • Cindy Brown: Military History, the impact of war on the people who live in the battlefield, particularly Italy. 
  • Jeffrey Brown: United States, Transatlantic Modernism/Modernity, American Therapeutics 
  • Wendy D. ChurchillEarly Modern Britain and its Empire, Social History of Medicine, Early Modern Atlantic World, Early Modern Women's and Gender History 
  • Sarah-Jane CorkePost 1945 American History, US Foreign Relations, History of the CIA
  • Stephen Dutcher: Canadian and American History, Indigenous Peoples, Popular Culture
  • Bonnie HuskinsLoyalists of the American Revolution, Early Modern British Atlantic World, History of Atlantic Canada
  • Sean Kennedy: Modern European and French History
  • Stefanie Hunt-KennedyThe Caribbean and the Atlantic World, Slavery and Emancipation, Disability History, African Diaspora, Histories of Race
  • Elizabeth Mancke: Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies, Imperialism, Law-making in pre-Confederation British North America 
  • Erin Morton: Twentieth- and twenty-first century cultural history and visual and material culture studies in North America
  • Sasha MullallyCanadian and American history with a specialization in the social history of medicine and health.
  • Janet MullinEarly-modern European and British history, Eighteenth-century social history, Eighteenth-century leisure culture
  • William ParenteauAtlantic Canada, Environmental History, Canadian-American relations, History of Sport and Leisure.
  • Lisa ToddModern Germany, European History, Gender and Sexuality, and War and Society 
  • Gary Waite: Sixteenth-Century Netherlands and Germany, Reformation Studies, Early Modern European Religion, Witchcraft and the Devil, and Attitudes and Popular Culture
  • Lee Windsor: History of Warfare in the Modern World  

Saint John Campus

  • Cheryl Fury: Early Modern Europe, Tudor-Stuart England, Social History of the Navy, Women and Gender, the Holocaust, and Fascism 
  • Heidi MacDonald: Twentieth-Century Canadian History with Specializations in Atlantic Canada, the Great Depression, Women Religious (Nuns), Suffrage, and Youth. 
  • Gregory Marquis: Atlantic Canada, Law and Society, Crime and Policing, Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco
  • Robert Whitney: Modern Caribbean and Latin America, Cuba, Workers' Rights 

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, please contact Dr. Sarah-Jane Corke, Director of Graduate Studies, or contact Elizabeth Arnold, Graduate Program Assistant.

Office: Tilley Hall, Rm. 120

Phone: 1-506-453-4621

Related: History Department

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