Why Brock?

Brock’s History Master of Arts Program stands out from other programs by our students’ easy access to faculty and supervisors. Master of Arts students are welcomed into the department’s collegial atmosphere, and are respected as scholars in the regular colloquia that feature invited speakers, faculty, and Master of Arts students presenting their research. We provide a challenging academic program and we support our students so they can succeed.


Academic Streams

MA with Major Research Paper (MRP)
-3 terms (12 months)
-Students take HIST 5F01, plus 4 variable-topics seminars
-Most students select this option

MA with MRP and Co-op
-5 terms (20 months)
-Students take HIST 5F01, plus 4 variable-topics seminars
-In addition to regular MRP-stream academic work, students do 2 coop work terms (8 of the 20 months)

MA with Thesis
-5 terms (20 months)
-Students take HIST 5F01, plus 2 variable-topics seminars
-By invitation only


The History Master of Arts Program offers full-time students the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience (and income) while they study.  As teaching assistants for first and second year undergraduate courses, Master of Arts students lead, or facilitate, seminars, as well as mark essays and exams. History faculty may also provide research assistantships to MA students.

Professional Development

In the History Master of Arts Program’s historiography/methodology course students are also mentored in their professional development.  They prepare applications to the Humanities Research Institute to engage in a larger community of scholars.  Students are also encouraged to prepare a conference proposal and to present their research at the History Department colloquia, the Annual Mapping New Knowledge conference at Brock, and at various national and international academic conferences.

The History Master of Arts program cultivates skills that employers want: critical reading and analysis, excellent written and oral communication, the ability to understand and organize large amounts of information into logical and cogent presentations.  The History Master of Arts program helps students and employers recognize and apply these skills in the workplace.

Co-op Program

More information on the History Master of Arts Co-op option.

Research at Brock

Office space is provided for History Master of Arts students in the History Department.  This shared facility provides space for our Master of Arts students to work and gather. Students are also provided with space to meet with their undergraduate students as part of teaching responsibilities. The Master of Arts program provides our students with financial support for conference travel and research expenses.  Computers, printers, scanners, and photocopiers for research and teaching are available.

Possible MA Supervisors

Please view the list of faculty members in the History department. They are all available for supervision.