Why History @ Memorial?
Memorial University offers unique opportunities for the study of history. As the home of the Maritime History Archive, the Folklore and Language Archive, the Centre of Newfoundland Studies, and several other research collections, the St. John's campus supports innovative and interdisciplinary research. Our faculty are engaged in research in a wide range of topics in fields such as environmental history, social history, cultural history, military history, and many others, and supervise graduate studies covering periods from the ancient world to the twenty-first century, and regions across the globe.
Description of programs
- Graduate diploma - Disciplinary graduate diplomas provide an opportunity to acquire additional academic credentials at the graduate level without committing to a full master’s program. These programs allow students to expand on their knowledge of a particular discipline and may also be used for professional development within their careers.
- MA – The MA program is designed to be completed in 12 months, and normally consists of four semester courses and a major research paper, or, a more rigorous option, of three semester courses and a thesis. Though most MA students have chosen to concentrate on Canadian or Newfoundland history, the Department welcomes students interested in aspects of United States, British, and European history. More details on these areas below. Faculty also have expertise in thematic areas such as maritime, environmental, medical, labour, military, media, and gender history.
- PhD – The PhD program is offered in Canadian history, maritime history, and the history of Newfoundland and Labrador. Students complete two courses, a French language examination, and three reading fields before the comprehensive examination. A dissertation based on original research follows the formal presentation of a thesis proposal to the Department.
Contact a faculty supervisor
Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of History website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.
Minimum admission requirements
- Graduate diploma, MA – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study
- PhD – Master's degree in an appropriate area of study
Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change. The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.
Graduate diploma, MA, PhD
Graduate diploma: 1 year
MA: 1 year
PhD: 4 years
February 15 for Fall admission
Tuition (NL students):
Graduate diploma: $420/semester
Tuition (Other Canadian students):
Graduate diploma: $546/semester
Tuition (International students):
Graduate diploma: $710/semester
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