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Queen's University uses an online application form.

If you are thinking of applying to the MA 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, or 613-533-6100. Other questions can be directed to the History Graduate Office, or 613-533-6931.

In addition to completing the on-line application, the following items are required from applicants to the History MA program:


Two current academic reference letters are required. 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.


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.)


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.

4. RESEARCH STATEMENT (“Statement of Interest” on application)

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.

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

Please send transcripts, letters and writing sample to:

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

These documents can be sent by regular mail, Fedex, or Purolator. 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.