Category: MA Program

MA Course Registration

*The information listed below is only for current Tri-University students

This page provides the information needed to register in University of Waterloo, University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University courses offered in the Tri-University Graduate Program in History. Because WLU needs to register for both terms in the Spring, students were asked to preregister for their WLU courses for both Fall and Winter terms.

To register you need to log in to the Tri-University Course Selection Site:

None of the History MA courses at the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph or Wilfrid Laurier University are open to self-registration other than through the Tri-University registration program. To determine the dates of the registration, please contact the graduate administrative assistant in your department by phone or email.

Because of university regulations, no course taken at a university other than your home university will appear on your official transcript until you fill out an Ontario Visiting Graduate Student (OVGS) form. You must fill out these forms and have them signed by the first week of class. Once the forms have been submitted to the graduate administrative assistant in your home department, you will be officially registered in the courses you are taking at one of the other two Tri-University campuses. The registration process temporarily reserves you a space in a class, but you will not be formally registered and the class will not appear on the official class list until your OVGS form is completed. OVGS forms are available in your department and on-line from the Graduate Studies office at your university.

When registering, please pay attention to prerequisites. All prerequisites are listed in the individual course descriptions on the registration website. If you register for a course without enrolling in its prerequisite, you will be dropped from that course. No student may enroll in the “thesis” without permission of the graduate officer in your home department. Any student enrolling in the “thesis” course without prior approval will be dropped from that course.

Students should enroll in the number of courses each term appropriate to their stream of study and the speed with which they want to complete their degree. For more information, you should read the MA program handbook available on the Tri-University Program website or consult your university Graduate Program Calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact me or one of the graduate officers/administrators in your home department. All our contact information is available on the Tri-University website ( ).


Instructions on Using the Tri-University Graduate Program in History Registration System

To register for your courses:

1. Go to:  during the registration period (to determine the registration window please contact the graduate administrative assistant in your department by phone or email).

2. Log in using the Email and Password that was provided to you.

3. Select or delete yourself from classes.

4. Confirm your selection.

5. Go to “Your courses,” print a copy of your selection and keep it for your records.

6. Revisit the site as often as you like during the registration window and make any changes you deem necessary.

7. Please do not change your assigned email or password. If you have to change an email or password login, notify the graduate administrative assistant in your home department and notify her of the change so that we can continue to access your file.

MA Program Information

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M.A. graduates from our universities have pursued careers in business and law, politics, journalism, government service, teaching, museums and archives, to name only some of the general areas in which history graduates may be found. Some M.A. students choose a graduate program in history for no other reason than that they enjoy the study of history and realize that it can enhance their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. For others, the Tri-University M.A. in history may also be seen as an opportunity to test their ability in a graduate program or to see if they have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. degree, or perhaps through a Teaching Assistantship to sample the experience of participating in the teaching of university level courses. An Tri-University M.A. offers you the prospect of being part of an exciting program built on the strength of three of Ontario’s finest universities.

Students may complete the MA program at the TriU in several ways: by coursework, by a combination of coursework and a major research paper, or by coursework and an MA thesis. We also offer full-time and part-time programs. Students generally take courses at all three campuses, though they will normally choose their major research paper or thesis advisor from faculty at their home university. The MA program is designed to be completed in two or three terms of full-time study. For more information on the program, please consult the most recent MA handbook.

Important Dates

January 15th

Laurier M.A. and Ph.D. applications for September entry are due today

February 1st

Waterloo and Guelph M.A. and Ph.D. applications for September entry are due today


Conference Travel Award submissions for Doctoral students


Doctoral Student Spring Advisory Committee Meetings


Orientation for new students

Submissions invited for Best Historiographical Paper (awarded to the student receiving the highest mark for a historiography paper written for a field seminar in the previous year)

Submissions invited for Best Conference Paper Presented or Article Accepted by a Scholarly Journal


OGS and SSHRC applications due

Doctoral Student Comprehensive Examinations

Major Field Exams (Doctoral students)


Tri-University History Conference


Doctoral Student Advisory Committee Meetings

Financial Assistance for M.A. Students

Graduate students enrolled in the Tri-University Program are funded according to the scholarship and funding policies prevailing at the university to which they are enrolled. A minimum guaranteed package of funding for MA students is available at some of the participating universities. The funding package offered M.A. students normally include a combination of Graduate Teaching Assistantships and internal scholarships. Incoming and continuing students are strongly encouraged to apply for external scholarships such as OGS and SSHRC. More information on graduate funding can be found by clicking on the links below.

Graduate funding by campus

For other funding information, consult with the university where you are registered:

Conference Travel Funding

Tri-University students seeking travel funding to make conference presentations should print the form below and forward it to the Tri-University Program Director. Funding is subject to availability and submission of this form does not guarantee funding.

Travel Funding Application (PDF)


MA Fellowships

MA Fellowships: American Vaudeville MA Research Fellowship

Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University

Fellowship Amount: One year program funded at $20,000 (includes TA and research stipends)

Additional Research Funding: $1,500 research travel allowance (for conferences or archival visits)

Fellowship Start Date: 1 September 2017

The Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University invite applications from students interested in working on the American entertainment industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Potential applicants should contact David Monod (Department of History) to discuss the opportunity before 15 January 2016 and indicate WLU as a potential host on any SSHRC MA Fellowship applications.

Fellowship holders will work as team with Dr. Monod and other students, on a SSHRC-sponsored research project to develop the database Vaudeville was America’s most important commercial amusement in the early twentieth century and the database we are preparing will provide the public and professionals with singular insight into a vast, divers and complicated world of popular entertainment. The core of the project involves the accumulation of reviews, images, interpretations and biographical profiles of vaudeville performers over a 30 year period. Fellowship holders will be supported in their own research and presentation work on vaudeville performers, theatres or types of acts. Fellowship holders are expected to provide open access to their research findings and raw data through the database.

Students will apply to this fellowship no later than 15 January 2017 by submitting an application to the Tri-University MA Program in History at Laurier. More information on the Tri-U program and application process is available at:

For more information please contact Dr. David Monod at or 519 884 0710 x. 3261.



MA Courses

Upcoming Course Offerings
Current and Past Course Offerings

MA Application Information

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Students apply to the Tri-University Graduate Program in History on an application form from one of the three universities participating in the program. Because all applications are processed by a single Tri-University admissions committee, it does not matter which university’s application form you use. However, MA students should fill out the form for their preferred campus. In a link below you will also find a preference form. On this form, applicants to the Master’s program are invited to suggest a research supervisor. Fill in the preference form and include it in your application package. The admissions committee will use your application form together with your preference form when determining the department to which it will recommend your admission.

General Admission Requirements:

In order to be admitted to the master’s program, a student must meet the general admission requirements of Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo or the University of Guelph. Generally speaking, a minimum admission average of B+ (77%) in the last two years of undergraduate study is required. Honours graduates in non-history programs and others may be admitted if evidence justifying admission is offered; however, a program of appropriate preparatory studies (qualifying year) may be required of such applicants.

Language Requirements:

Students are expected to be proficient in the language or languages needed in their areas of research.

Application Deadlines:

To be considered in the first round of admissions, applications must be received by 1 February. The admissions committee will, however, continue to review applications received after that date.


Instructions for Applicants (PDF)

MA Student Preference Form (PDF)


MA Program Handbook

The MA handbook provides a full description of the program and its regulations. Students are advised to read the handbook carefully so as to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the Masters program.

MA Handbook 2019

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