School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies


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"I have been asked by several people over the last four years, why I chose Queen’s History Department to do a PhD in South Asian History. My oft-repeated answer has been that my decision was contingent on the supervisors and faculty I was able to work with. Although the role of Professors and colleagues has been significant for my academic growth, the community of graduate students, and friendships forged on and off campus during the last four years have been the highlight of my graduate life. I found an incredible support system in the department, including faculty, students and the most helpful administrative staff. With the support of an amazing set of people, the challenges being an international student, and everyday battles of graduate student life were successfully endured."
Reeju Ray, PhD candidate

Program Contact

Cathy Dickison
Graduate Assistant
Department of History
49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 210
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.6931

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Program Overview

The Department of History offers challenging and innovative M.A. and Ph.D. programs in established and new fields of historical inquiry. Our students are taught primarily in small all-graduate seminars, in which they engage in a lively, critical examination of historical writing, and delve into research in primary sources.

Students participate in the departmental seminar series and biannually host the McGill-Queen’s Graduate History conference that draws students from across Canada and the US. Students who join th program enter a rich, supportive learning community. Our Graduate History Students’ Association provides students with a voice within the department and plans social events throughout the year.


The department is committed to facilitating study-abroad opportunities for our students whenever possible. M.A. students have the opportunity to study for one term at Fudan University in Shanghai. Ph.D. students may take part in international graduate programs at the University of London, and Fudan University.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Our students are equipped with a strong foundation for careers in government, law, journalism, education, public service, business, public history, and international commerce. Some of our graduates are currently employed as tenure-track or tenured professors, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, policy advisors, archivists, social policy researchers, and as fellow at the National Gallery in Ottawa

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A.: 1 or 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.A. Pattern I: Two full-year seminar courses and a longer thesis

M.A. Pattern II: Three full-year seminar courses and a short thesis or cognate essay

Ph.D.: Two full-year seminar courses, one single-term course on historical theories and methods, two field requirements, one language requirement, thesis proposal, thesis and defence

Fields of study and Supervisors

We encourage you to identify an area of research interest and contact a potential supervisor before applying.

  • Canada
  • United States
  • Atlantic World
  • Modern Europe
  • Intellectual
  • Mediterranean World
  • Medieval & Early Modern Worlds
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Race: Historical International Perspectives
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Minimum funding guarantee for Ph.D. Students: $18,000

We also have a variety of internal awards available, including fellowships and travel scholarships.

We encourage all students to apply for external funding from OGS and SSHRC and other sources. Queen’s will automatically issue a $5,000 (masters), $10,000 (PhD) top-up to winners of federal government tri-council awards.

Other external awards include the Department of National Defence Scholarship and Fellowship Programme, the CIDA Awards Program for Canadians, the Mackenzie King Scholarships and the Sir John A. Macdonald Graduate Fellowship in Canadian History.

Academic Prerequisites


  • Minimum second-class standing in final two years of an Honours B.A. program in History from a recognized university (76-79%, 3.3 GPA)
  • Students without sufficient background in history will need to take additional undergraduate course before applying.


  • M.A. in History or equivalent from a recognized university
  • First-class standing (minimum A- average, 3.7 GPA)

Additional Requirements

  • Writing sample
  • Extended Statement of Interest

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 627 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: third week in January.

Notification of Acceptance: 4 weeks after we receive your full application.

Learning Outcomes

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