Department of History

Graduate Programs

The Saint Mary's History Department has particular strengths in Atlantic Canada and Quebec,East Asia, the Americas, Britain and Europe from the16th through to the 20th century.


HistoryGraduateImageResearch areas include:

  • Imperialism, nationalism and colonialism
  • Health, leisure and tourism
  • Migration
  • Social, political and intellectual movements
  • Family and gender
  • Law and society
  • Public and oral history

The one-year M.A. Program is small and collegial, catering to both full and part time students. Enrolments are limited, allowing faculty members to devote time and energy to fostering the research skills of each Masters student. Generous fellowships are available, funded by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and the research grants of professors in the department. Opportunties also exist for working as Teaching Assistants. The core graduate seminar surveys the theories and methods of the History profession. Students choose among a range of seminar courses to further broaden their knowledge, and work closely with a supervisor to plan, research and write a thesis. Recent graduates of the History M.A. program have advanced to Ph.D. programs or pursued careers as museum curators, resaerchers, teachers, lawyers, or archivists. Saint Mary's University is located two city blocks from the Public Archives of Nova Scotia and its rich collection of French and Acadian records, British Colonial Office papers, immigration and census data, wills, probate records, maps, and photos. Saint Mary's students also have access to the province-wide Novanet library collection and to several university libraries in the Halifax metro area.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a B.A. with Honours in History from a recognized university or college and to submit a thesis research proposal, a writing sample, a curriculum vitæ, and a list of any scholarly awards, publications or conference papers. They also need to demonstrate a reading knowledge of a language other than English (although this can be achieved by completing a Saint Mary's undergraduate language course during the M.A.). The annual deadline for applications is February 1 for those applying for internal Saint Mary’’s Graduate funding and May 15th if self-funded.

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator for advice about preparing an application.