Entrance Requirements and Applications

The minimum requirement for admission to the M.A. Program with a specialization is an Honours bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) with at least high honours standing. In their statement of interest students should clearly outline the academic research project they wish to pursue and explain their interest in the field. Spaces in some specializations are limited, so students are first assessed for admittance to the M.A. program, and they are assessed separately outside of the department for admission into a particular area of specialization.

Program Requirements

All M.A. students are required to take:

  • HIST 5003: History Theory and Method (0.5 credits). This course will provide students with a solid grounding in historical theory and methodology in preparation for thesis and research essay projects.

In addition to the core requirement, students in M.A. History with Specialization in Digital Humanities will complete:

  • 0.5 credit in DIGH 5000 (Issues in Digital Humanities)
  • 1.0 credit in HIST graduate seminars
  • 0.5 credit in a DIGH graduate elective course
  • 0.0 credit in DIGH 5800 (Professional development workshops)
  • 2.0 credit in HIST 5909 (M.A. Thesis)

In certain cases, up to 0.5 credit of courses may be taken from another unit at Carleton University, at the University of Ottawa, or at another accredited institution, with the permission of the department.

Guidelines for Completion of Master’s Degree

Full-time M.A. students are required to submit thesis proposals to the graduate supervisor in the second term. In general, students complete their course work in the first eight months (two semesters). Students in the 1-year program research and write their research essays (40-60 pages) in the following summer semester. Students in the 2-year program research, write, and defend their Master’s Thesis (120-150 pages) in their second year. The expected timelines for part-time students are different and students should consult the graduate calendar.

Language Requirements

All candidates are required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of a language other than English, the choice to depend upon the field of the candidate’s thesis or research. For a research project dealing with sources not in English, a reading knowledge of the appropriate language will be required before acceptance into the program. Details may be obtained from the supervisor of graduate studies.

Disclaimer: Information on this is only a guideline and is subject to change. Please be sure to consult the graduate calendar for program information.