Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

How to Apply

All applications and supporting materials must be in by the end of the 3rd week of January.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact faculty whose research interests overlap with their own prior to completing their application.

Mailing address for writing samples, transcripts and all general mail should be sent to:

Graduate Office
Department of History
Queen's University
49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 210
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada

Please send mail by Purolator, Fedex or Regular Mail. Please do NOT send by Priority Post.

Before you can submit your application, you must pay the non-refundable $105.00 (Canadian dollars) application fee, which is payable by Visa or Mastercard only.

Please note that the first round of admission offers will be made based on applications received by the Department’s formal deadline. However, late applications will be considered for admission and funding.


The following items are required from applicants to the History MA or PhD programs:

Online Application

Queen's University uses an online application form.

If you are thinking of applying to the MA or PhD programme, please follow the steps outlined at the School of Graduate Studies' Admission Procedures.

If you encounter any difficulty in the online application, please contact the School of Graduate Studies, grad.studies@queensu.ca or 613-533-6100. Other questions can be directed to the History Graduate Office, hist.grad@queensu.ca or 613-533-6931.

Reference Letters

Two current academic reference letters are required. Where possible, PhD applicants should ensure that one of those references is by the student’s MA supervisor. Applicants applying online will have the option to have their referee submit the letter of recommendation to Queen's University electronically. If you have been out of university for a number of years, one or more professional recommendations may be included. However, all effort should be made to include academic recommendations. The most effective letters are usually written by experienced faculty members who know you well.

Transcripts

Two official copies of both transcripts for all post-secondary institutions which you have attended are required. Please send both transcripts to either the School of Graduate Studies or the Graduate Office in History (address below.)

Writing Sample

MA

The writing sample should be about 15-20 pages and should be chosen because you think it best exemplifies your strengths as a potential graduate student in history. If possible, submit a copy of the paper without the professor's comments or grade, but this isn't essential.

PhD

The writing sample should be a minimum of 20 pages. It can be a chapter of the MA thesis/essay or a course paper.

Research Statement (“Statement of Interest” on application)

MA

You will be prompted in the online application to describe your research interests. This is the “Statement of Interest” on the on-line application, and is not to be confused with the optional “Personal History.” It is not necessary for MA applicants to submit an additional research statement, you should however, be as specific as possible about your fields of interest. Most M.A. applicants find that the on-line application provides sufficient space for this purpose. If this is not the case, you may send a larger version of your Research Statement with your writing sample.

PhD

You will be prompted in the online application to describe your research interests. The online application generally does not provide sufficient space for doctoral applicants to describe their research interests. Please print and send along with your writing sample a longer research statement to the Graduate Office in History (address below). Research Statements for doctoral candidates are typically 3-5 double spaced pages. If you have applied for a SSHRC PhD award, you could use that as a basis for this statement. The Admissions Committee looks very closely at the research statement and we encourage you to be as specific as possible, at the same time indicating how your proposed research addresses larger questions and problems.


Fees and Registration

The current academic fees can be found at the University Registrar website.

Registration for graduate courses is administered by the Graduate Office in History in June and July. Students will be contacted by the Graduate Office in June to ask for their course selections.


International Students

The History department anticipates admitting a small number of highly qualified international students to both its MA and PhD programs this year. International Tuition Awards (ITAs) are likely to be available which will reduce the gap between domestic and international tuition fees significantly. The department strongly encourages interested applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents to contact the chair of graduate studies and members of our graduate faculty in their proposed areas of study well before the application deadline to discuss the studying at Queen's as an international student, the program, supervision, and funding opportunities. Further information can also be found through the School of Graduate Studies, the Office of the Registrar, and the Queen's International Centre.

Queen's International provides information for international students and describes the services that Queen's University offers to international students:

The School of Graduate Studies provides:

  • an outline of tuition fees and estimated living costs for international students.
  • information about medical coverage
  • A description of immigration requirements for international students coming to Queen's
  • Training for international students who would like to hold teaching assistantships