History (MA)

Interpret historical data and study how the past can affect the present.

The areas of specialization for the Master of Arts in History are:

  • History of Northern Ontario
  • North American History 
  • European History

Academic Advisor

Dr. Mark Kuhlberg

Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext. 4284

Email: mkuhlberg@laurentian.ca

Office: A-207C, Arts Building Sudbury Campus

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Applicants should have a B.A. Honours or equivalent in History with a B+ (75-79%) or higher in order to be considered for admission.

Application Process
Step 1. Contact the Graduate Coordinator and/or individual faculty member about the possibility of becoming a student.  Students are encouraged to consult the faculty list on the Faculty Members tab in order to identify a potential supervisor (i.e. a faculty member they would like to work with).

Step 2. Click here to submit the online application. Once students have applied, they will receive instructions (typically within 48 hours) from the Office of Admissions leading them to the MyLaurentian portal. Students can access the portal at my.laurentian.ca; sign in credentials will be provided in the correspondence received from the Office of Admissions upon successful completion of an application. The following documents will be required in order to complete an application.


  • Three Reference Forms (to begin the process at my.laurentian.ca click on "Reference Submission" on the lefthand navigation menu)
  • Statement of Interest (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian) – max. two pages, double-spaced (i.e. 500 words) clearly identifying intended research field.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Official Academic Transcript(s) from all post secondary studies* (Please note that current or prior Laurentian University students do not need to request transcripts) 

*Please note that official transcripts or WES course-by-course (for institutions attended outside of North America) must come directly to the Office of Admissions from the previous post secondary institution by requesting at the time of your application or by contacting the institution's Registrar's Office.
Step 3. Once the Admissions Office receives all information and the application is deemed complete, the application will be forwarded to the department.  An Admissions Committee meets to review the applications.
Step 4. The Admissions Committee will review all applications on file and make a decision regarding the suitability of each applicant.  The Admissions Committee will then make a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University. The Graduate Studies office will verify the dossier and if satisfactory, the Dean of Graduate Studies will forward the recommendation to the Office of Admissions at Laurentian University for admission.
Step 5: If approved for admission, the Office of Admissions will send the student an Offer of Admission via MyLaurentian.  Applicants wishing to accept the offer of admission must indicate their response on MyLaurentian within 3 weeks of receiving the offer. Once the student has accepted the offer, a transition to the registration process occurs.


For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Students must follow these regulations while in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Approved Fields of Study

  • History of Northern Ontario
  • North American History
  • European History

The M.A. degree requires the successful completion of a 24-credit academic program. It is offered in two streams: Research Essay and Thesis.

* The Research Essay stream is a 12-month program requiring 18 credits of classroom work and the completion of a 50 to 60 page research essay (6 credits).

* The Thesis stream is normally a 20-24 month program involving 12 credits in the classroom along with the defence of a thesis (12 credits) that is generally between 80 and 100 pages before a committee that includes an external examiner.


Thesis Stream:

24 credits including:

  • HIST-5066EL - Historical Methods (3 cr)
  • HIST-5000EL - Master's Thesis (12 cr)


Essay Stream:

24 credits including

  • HIST-5066EL - Historical Methods (3 cr)
  • HIST-5050EL - Master's Essay (6 cr)



HIST-5000EL - Master's Thesis HIST-5026EL - Directed Readings HIST-5050EL - Master's Essay HIST-5066EL - Historical Methods HIST-5090EL - Independent Studies HIST-5156EL - Themes in Canadian History
HIST-5157EL - Themes in Nineteenth Century North American History HIST-5486EL - Selected Topics in British History HIST-5556EL - Selected Themes in Modern European History HIST-5557EL - Topics in European History HIST-5606EL - Gender and Social History