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.

Writing samples can be emailed to Cathy Dickison at

Before you can submit your application, you must pay the non-refundable $110.00 (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, or 613-533-6100.
Other questions can be directed to the History Graduate Office, or 613-533-6931.


See School of Graduate Studies - Scholarships and Awards.

All students who qualify for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) should apply. 

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 can be uploaded to the online application, as PDF files. The transcripts must be scanned (black and white recommended) and saved as a PDF file, and uploaded successfully. Complete instructions are available to applicants on the Transcript Upload section of the online application.

Final transcripts: Hard copy original official transcript showing degree completion and conferral, will be required from all applicants who accept an offer of admission to graduate studies at Queen's University. These final transcripts are to be sent directly from the issuing institutions to the School of Graduate Studies, in sealed envelopes or emailed directly from the issuing institutions to School of Graduate Studies at

School of Graduate Studies,
Queen's University, Gordon Hall Room 425
74 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6

Queen's Transcripts - The Department of History and The School of Graduate Studies will access the student record directly for applicants who have attended or are currently attending Queen's University.

Writing Samples - email to Cathy Dickison (


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.


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 Interests and Statement of Interest

You will be prompted in the online application to describe your research interests in two places. The first labeled "Research Interests" provides an opportunity to label the areas and topics you are interested in and to provide a short a paragraph describing your general research area or topic. The second place is in  the "Statement of Interest" section where you can describe your fields of interest and proposed research project more fully. 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.


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 in either the "Research Interests" or "Statement of Interest" sections. Please print and send a longer research statement along with your writing sample to the Graduate Office in History (address above). 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