Application Process

Students must apply to the Tri-University Graduate Program in History on-line through one of the three participating universities: University of Guelph, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University. Because all applications are processed by a single Tri-University Graduate Program Admissions Committee, it does not matter which university’s application system you use. However, PhD applicants should use the system of the university of their preferred supervisor as you are expected to be enrolled at the same campus as your supervisor. If your preferred supervisor is unable to accept new students, the admissions committee may recommend that you be admitted to one of the other two universities with a different supervisor.  Please see links to university application forms below.

All inquiries and applications concerning this program should be addressed to the Tri-University Graduate Program in History.

PhD Student Preference Form (PDF)

Instructions for Applicants (PDF)

Application Deadline

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.

General Admission Requirements

Applications are considered by the Tri-University Graduate Program’s Admissions Committee and a recommendation for admission or rejection is forwarded to the dean of Graduate Studies at the proposed home university. Only students who are graduates of accredited universities and colleges are eligible for admission. Students will be admitted only after they have obtained an MA with at least an A- (80%) standing.

Since not all applicants can be admitted, close attention is paid to samples of applicants’ written work, applicants’ transcripts and past record as a whole, and to their statement of research interests. Applicants from outside Canada whose previous education cannot be assessed readily may be required to demonstrate their knowledge by other means such as the Graduate Record Examination.

Language Requirements

After acceptance, doctoral students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language. If no specific language is required for the student’s research (as authorized by the student’s advisory committee), the second language will be French.

Candidates for admission to the PhD program in history whose chosen area of research requires a language other than English must demonstrate sufficient language skills prior to admission. This is normally the equivalent of the skills acquired in a 200-level university course.

Non-Canadian applicants whose first language is other than French or English are required to submit evidence of proficiency in the English language or pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).