MA Application Process

Applications for 2024-25 are OPEN

Applications after February 1st, 2024 remain eligible for funding packages from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Please see the FGSPA website for funding options.

Admission Requirements

*Note that due to current changes in graduate funding, we are encouraging applications to the Thesis stream.

You will need:
  • The successful completion of an Honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in History with an average of not less than 75%
    • Students with a co-major in History or a closely-related discipline will be considered, although such students may be required to take additional undergraduate courses.
  • Three letters of reference from professors who have taught you
  • A Letter of Intent (1-2 pages)
  • A writing sample (10-20 pages)
    • e.g. your best essay or research paper from a senior course, a journal article, or your thesis (single author only)
  • Undergraduate transcripts

International Applications

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Applying from abroad? Please find special information for international applications to Brock University.

Tips for Writing a Strong Letter of Intent

What you SHOULD include

  • Details about your education (and possibly work or volunteer experience) that have helped prepare you for graduate studies
  • Highlight your best academic achievements
  • Provide details about a research question or range of questions that you are considering as the focus of your Major Research Paper. This is important so that we can see if a professor at Brock U could act as your supervisor.
  • Give reasons why you plan to study for an MA in History at Brock U
  • If you have already had correspondence with a possible MRP supervisor, please provide details
  • Anything else that you think is relevant to your application and possible future studies at Brock U

What you should NOT include

We already suspect that you have a passion for history.

You do not need to write much (or even anything) about this passion.

Focus on the points above.

Helpful links:

Notes about living in the Niagara Region, including estimates of living expenses

Information about funding

Information for international applicants

If you have more questions:

For general inquiries, including questions about applying to BrockU as an international student, please write to the Faculty of Graduate Studies,

For inquiries specific to the graduate program in History, please contact the Graduate Program Director, Professor Michael Driedger, or the Graduate Program Assistant.