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Submitted by bjoslaws on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 3:29pm

Application Deadlines:

The deadline for both MA and Ph.D. applications to be considered for September 2018 Admission with financial aid is January 15, 2018.

Doctoral applicants are expected to also enter the Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Awards Competition.  That application deadline for the department is January 15, 2018.  For information and access to the application is

The deadline for MA applications to be considered for September 2018 Admission without financial assistance is April 15th, 2018. Please note:  we do not accept PhD applications after the January 15th deadline.

Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of these dates.  

Admission Requirements:  

Proficiency in English.  Proficiency in the English language is essential for the pursuit and successful completion of graduate programs at the University of Calgary.  Prior to admission, an applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of several ways:  for more information, please see .2 of the A1 section of the Graduate Studies calendar:

MA Program: Applicants for the MA program are normally expected to have completed a four-year undergraduate program with a major or honours degree in History. Usually this entails at least seven full-year History courses (or fourteen half-courses). Credit may be given for up to two courses in other disciplines, if the proposed area of study makes this appropriate. 

Applicants should have attained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 on a four-point scale (or its equivalent on other scales, or upper second class standing) over the last two years of their undergraduate programs.

PhD Program: Applicants for the PhD program should normally meet the requirements for the MA program and also have completed a Master's degree or its equivalent in History or in some related discipline, with a 3.7 GPA standing or better in history courses taken at the graduate level (or the equivalent on other scales).  We do not offer direct entry into the PhD. program after completion of an undergraduate degree.

Application Process:

We have transitioned to an entirely on-line application.  However, if you have problems uploading any of the required documents, you may send them as attachments to

1.    Complete application form. Click Here

Masters applicants:  Be sure to select either the thesis-based or course-based program.  If you wish to attend part-time, you must choose the course-based option.  Please note that part-time applicants are not eligible for departmental funding.

2.    All post-secondary transcripts (college, university, any graduate programs attended, etc).  Please upload copies of unofficial transcripts directly to your application. 
You must include the legend for each transcript (usually on the back of the transcript), which explains the grading scheme of the school. 

Please note:  Successful applicants will be required to arrange to have official transcripts sent to us directly from their post-secondary institutions in sealed signed envelopes as a condition to admission.

3.    Two reference letters.  In the on-line application, applicants will be asked to provide names and institutional email addresses of two persons who will provide confidential references.  Applicants are advised to select referees who are acquainted with their academic work, and to acquire their consent to write for you before submitting their email addresses.  Referees will be sent an email and instructions to upload the reference form to your on-line application.  Once your application has been submitted, the email will go to your referees.  Please check that your referees have received their emails.  

In cases where a referee is unable to use the on-line form, he or she can contact the department at for assistance. 

4.    A statement of research interest.  Please upload this to your on-line application.

MA applicants are asked to submit a statement of research interest which outlines, as specifically as possible, the area of history in which the student intends to concentrate (minimum 250 words).

PhD applicants should submit a a detailed statement of research interest, outlining the fields and course of study they wish to pursue in the program, and a statement of their academic career goals (no more than 2 pages single spaced). 

Some people find the statement of research interest a bit difficult to get a handle on.  Please note that it is not a biographical statement.  Numerous on-line aides address how to write a statement of interest.  See, for example, Purdue University's advise page here:

5.     A writing sample (in English).  Please upload this to your on-line application. 

MA students are encouraged to send a sample of their written work (in history) that reflects both their writing and research ability.  Honours essays are particularly invited.  

PhD students are encouraged to send a writing sample from their MA work, such as a MA thesis, a publication, or a substantial research paper. 

6.    A curriculum vitae (academic resume), of no more than 2 pages.  Please upload this to your on-line application.

This document should highlight both the applicant's academic and non-academic achievements, particularly extracurricular activities and/or community involvement that demonstrates leadership qualities or leadership potential.  Please upload this to your on-line application.  For a helpful explanation of how the CV is put together, with examples,