History (MA)

The MA in History provides students with training in the various fields of history, generally emphasizing themes rather than regions or timeframes. Some of the themes include imperialism, gender history, intellectual history, revolutions, labour systems, migration/ethnicity/identity, history of science and medicine, and history of computing. The program develops students’ critical analysis of both primary and secondary sources, provides the opportunity to explore historiography and methodology, and encourages engagement in vibrant debates. The co-op option further enriches students’ research and communication skills.

Entry point:

  • September (full-time or part-time)


  • MRP – 3 terms (1 year)
  • MRP and Co-op – 5 terms (20 months)
  • Thesis – 5 terms (20 months)

Application deadline:

  • February 1

Admission requirements

  1. Check the university requirements and the program requirements.
  2. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  3. You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:
    • Three references are required.
    • Statement of Intent — a one-page statement outlining your objectives in undertaking graduate study in the History Department at Brock University
    • Sample of scholarly writing — this can be an essay, journal article, research paper, or thesis (single author only) of no more than 20 pages in length

Career outcomes

  • PhD programs in history; further education in law, journalism, librarianship, museum studies and teaching
  • education
  • government and policy development
  • international NGO’s
  • heritage, recreation, and archival work
  • media and journalism