History

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

Program focus is to foster intensive examination of particular topics from a variety of approaches including gender history, transnational and comparative history, economic history, political history, cultural history and social history.

Long known for its strength in Canadian history, other areas of expertise include British, Caribbean, European, Latin American and U.S. history, the history of Africa and the African diaspora and the history of the Ancient World.

Dig into the past in the collaborative PhD program offered in conjunction with the University of Toronto in Ancient Greek and Roman History.

Comparative studies are encouraged, made possible through flexible study options, small class sizes and precise attention to the scholarly promise of each student.

The faculty of York's Graduate Program in History are leading scholars who have won major prizes for their research and publications. View the complete listing of our faculty.

You'll join a dynamic and lively culture that includes talks by prominent historians in the Historian's Craft series, the annual New Frontiers in History Conference and regular social events organized by the Graduate Student History Association.

Stream and Specializations: 

You'll have the opportunity to combine studies in different fields:

  • Geographic fields:
    • Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America
    • Ancient history
    • Britain
    • Canada
    • Europe
    • United States
  • Thematic fields:
    • Cultural
    • Migration/Ethnicity
    • Politics/Law and the state
    • Sciences, health and environments
    • Social and economic history
    • Women, gender and sexualities
    • Transnational, comparative and global history

MA

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Course work AND
  • Major research paper OR
  • Thesis
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 3 term(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    December 14, 2016 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Include instructors’ names along with list of courses taken
    • Statement of Interest
    • Sample of your written work
    • PhD: resumé or CV required
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    PhD

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Course work AND
    • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 5 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    December 14, 2016 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Include instructors’ names along with list of courses taken
    • Statement of Interest
    • Sample of your written work
    • PhD: resumé or CV required
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3