Ample funding, close contact with internationally recognized scholars, small classes and a supportive graduate community: these are some of the advantages of graduate study in history at the University of Calgary. The University of Calgary offers one of Canada's leading graduate programs in history. It maintains high admissions standards, and offers funding to all students admitted to the program. Entering MA students should have a 3.4 undergraduate GPA; entering PhD students should have a 3.7 GPA at the Master's level. We do not require the Graduate Record Examination. We offer close working relationships with graduate supervisors, a supportive graduate student community, and we welcome students who may have come to their graduate plans late or who desire a transitional experience to the doctoral program with strong professional training in a quality Master's program.
We offer financial as well as intellectual assistance to all incoming students. Financial support includes a commitment to one full year for Master's students and four years for students in the PhD program. Additional support is offered on the basis of merit. The international students' differential tuition is automatically rebated for graduate students at the University of Calgary. In addition to department funding, students are eligible for a wide array of graduate fellowships.
The graduate program is small and aims at helping those it admits move on to the next stage of their professional careers. At present we have approximately fifty students enrolled. Recent MA graduates have been admitted to first-rate doctoral programs throughout North America; recent PhD graduates have gone on to tenure-track jobs and postdoctoral fellowships in the United States and Canada.
As a place to live, Calgary has several advantages. Calgary is a growing city of well over 1 million, and is at the centre of the booming western Canadian economy. This growth has brought a diverse, cosmopolitan population with vast range of cultural and recreational activities. To the apprentice, professional, and the amateur historians, the Glenbow Museum offers outstanding archival collections in the fields of borderlands, oil and energy, and the North American West. A short drive west of the city leads to the spectacular National and Provincial Parks in Banff, Jasper, and Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies.