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History (PhD)

History (PhD)

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Our PhD in History program is part of the Tri-University Graduate Program in History, a partnership of Laurier, the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph. This collaboration makes it possible for you to access the scholarship and experience of more than 65 graduate faculty and the resources of three universities. The integration of history departments makes this program one of the biggest graduate history programs in Canada, while retaining the small classes and supportive student-professor relationships associated with History at Laurier.

Other innovative features of our program include a first-year professional development seminar and a presentation of a portion of your dissertation in a colloquium setting.

Our program emphasizes teaching skills, and most eligible doctoral students have the opportunity in their fourth year to teach a course of their own, with mentorship from a faculty member.

Program Structure

This program is designed so that it can be completed in four years of full-time study. It consists of a mixture of seminar courses, presentations, examinations, and student instructional opportunities. These milestones keep you in intimate contact with your committee, incorporating feedback into every stage of the program.

You must complete a:

  • major field seminar
  • two minor field seminars
  • professional development seminar
  • qualifying examination
  • thesis proposal
  • colloquium
  • thesis

Students generally participate in three field seminars in their first year and sit their major field exam in their fourth term.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

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Contact Us:

Blaine Chiasson, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.884.0710 x3954

General Inquiries

T: 519.884.0710 x3389


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000).
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive a minimum of $22,000 a year. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Faculty members are willing to supervise students in any of the following research areas:

  • Canadian history
  • Scottish history
  • World history
  • Early Modern European history
  • Modern European history
  • Medieval history
  • Cold War history
  • War and society


  • A Master of Arts in History with a minimum A- standing.
  • Applications are reviewed by the Tri-University Admissions Committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests and letters of reference.
  • Contact a prospective adviser prior to submitting your application.


Graduates of our program have pursued successful careers in higher education, teaching, government and the private sector.

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