Application Procedures

Application Procedures for Graduate Students

  • Applications for September admission normally will be considered until April 1st, but a complete application with all supporting documents should be received by January 30th in order to maximize the chances of securing funding.
  • Note also that the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS) considers nominations for Dean’s Scholarships in early December and early February.
  • Applicants are expected to contact a faculty member from the department who could serve as a supervisor prior to applying to the program.
  • Eligible MA students usually receive $18,000 per year in funding for 2 years and eligible PhD students receive approximately $20,000 per year in funding for 5 years.

Admission Eligibility Requirements:

MA Program

Our MA degree involves approximately two years of study. During that time, students will complete courses on historiography, methods, and writing. Students must also conduct original research that culminates in an MA thesis that is approximately 100 pages in length that they defend during an oral examination. A competency in English and a reading knowledge in a second language is required to complete our program. 

For admission into the MA program, applicants must have a four-year Honours degree (B.A.) in History or equivalent. The History Department will only consider applicants who have a cumulative, weighted grade average of at least 70% in the last two years of undergraduate study (ie. last 60 cu), and a history average of at least 75%. Note, however, that most funding opportunities require averages of 80%.

PhD Program

Our Ph.D. degree involves approximately five years of study. During that time students complete comprehensive field preparations and an approximately 350 page dissertation that they defend during an oral examination. A competency in English and a reading knowledge in a second language is required to complete our program.

For admission into the PhD program, applicants must have a Master’s degree in History or another relevant discipline. The History Department usually requires a cumulative weighted average of 80% in MA courses.

The department has occasionally made exceptions for students who do not meet the above grade point averages if they have strong letters of reference and relevant research experience.

College of Graduate Studies Admission Requirements (MA and PhD)

For more details about CGPS's admissions requirements, check here:http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/admission/index.php


All applications for admission must include the following:

Before applying, please contact a faculty member who could serve as a potential supervisor for your thesis. Our web site identifies research areas and email addresses for individual faculty members. Check here for faculty profiles. Please indicate the results of this communication in the statement of intent.

  • online application for admission
  • transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions attended [to be uploaded on your online application]
  • three letters of recommendation [provide contact information via the on-line application]. Referee will automatically get an email request to submit reference on-line
  • CV (resume) [to be uploaded on your online application]
  • A 1-2 page (MA) or 2-3 page (PhD) statement of intent that includes a discussion about your relevant academic background, your proposed thesis research topic and your potential supervisor [to be uploaded on your online application]
  • sample of written work (a maximum of 20 pages for MA applicants and 35 pages for PhD applicants) [to be uploaded on your online application]
  • test results of proof of English proficiency from applicants from non-English speaking countries (eg. TOEFL, IELST) [to be uploaded on your online application] Click here for details.
  • a non-refundable application fee of $90 (Canadian or equivalent) which is payable through the on-line application.