All applicants to the MA or PhD graduate program in History should consider the following deadlines for September admission:

  • Students should apply as early as possible, preferably by December 1st since deliberations about funding will begin at that time.  Applications will be accepted until August 1 but funding is unlikely at that time.
  • Note also that the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) considers nominations for Dean’s Scholarships in early December and early February.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years
Ph.D.5 years

The Department of History has thesis-based MA and PhD programs. We specialize in eight signature research areas, but can accommodate a wide range of topics.

Signature Research Areas:

  • Indigenous History
  • Environmental History
  • Prairies and the North American West
  • Health, Medicine, Science, and Occultism
  • History and Politics of Memory
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Colonial and Post-Colonial Histories
  • Twentieth-Century Politics, Culture, and Foreign Relations

Graduate students in our department have access to opportunities found nowhere else in the world. We boast an Ethnohistory Field School, Collaboratorium, Digital History and HGIS Lab, and embedded support structures for community engaged research. The specifics of our program can be found in our MA Handbook and PhD Handbook.

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Lesley BiggsBlack history, body, chiropractic, health, health care system, healthcare, midwifery, professions
Keith CarlsonCoast Salish, Indigenous, aboriginal, community, community engagement, ethnohistory, indigenous history
Jim CliffordActive History, British History, British World, Commodities, Digital Humanities, Digital Methods, Environmental History, HGIS, London, Nineteenth Century
Geoff CunferHGIS, North America, agricultural landscapes, digital humanities, environmental history, historical geography, history
Mirela David20th Century China, China, Eugenics, One Child policy, birth control, culture, gender, gender history, hygiene, intellectual history, medical history, population, sex, venereal disease
Gordon DesBrisay17th Century, 18th Century, Scotland, gender, persecution, urban history
Erika Dyck20th Century, Canadian medicine, Deinstitutionalization, Eugenics, Human Experimentation, LSD and Psychedelic Drugs, Peyote, Psychedelics, Psychiatry and Mental Health
Robert Englebert18th century, Aboriginal, British North America, Canada, Colonialism, French, Fur Trade, Governance, Illinois Country, Indigenous, Law, Louisiana, Merchants, Métissage, Pre-Industrial Quebec, United States, Upper Louisiana, Voyageurs, cross-cultural research
Jim Handy19th Century Capitalism, Central America, Guatemala, Latin America, Peasant dispossession, community, development, environmental history, human rights
Simonne HorwitzAboriginal, Africa, HIV/AIDS, South Africa, colonialism, health, indigenous, oppression
Benjamin HoyAboriginal History, Borderlands History, Canada, Demography, History, Race, United States
Angela KalinowskiGreece, Roman history, archaeology, culture, memory, statues
Natalia Khanenko-FriesenCanada, Eastern Europe, Ukraine, community, community engagement, culture, diaspora, folklore, storytelling
Frank KlaassenBook History, Gender and Masculinity, History of Science, Magic, Manuscripts, Palaeography and Codicology
Valerie J. KorinekCanadian culture, food studies, gender, popular culture, prairie, sexuality, social justice
Kathryn LabelleAboriginal, Wendat, colonialism, indigenous, north America, women
Maurice Jr. M. LabelleArab decolonization, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Edward Said, Occidentalism, Orientalism, Palestine, Postcolonialism, U.S.- Middle East relations
Mark MeyersCultural History, Culture, Fascism, Feminist Theory, France, Gender, Homosexuality, Intellectual History, Literature, Mass Media, Memory, Postmodernism, Sexuality
Matthew NeufeldEarly modern Britain, early modern Europe, healthcare, naval and maritime history, peace building, war, war and historical memory, war and imperial state formation, war and society
John PorterGreek history, Latin literature, Roman history, culture, drama
Alan Reese15th Century, 16th Century, Erasmus, Late Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance, spirituality and mysticism, theology
Martha Smith-Norris, Dept of History20th Century U.S. History, Cold War History, Environmental History, U.S. Foreign Relations, United States and the Asia Pacific
Larry StewartEarly modern science, gender, philosophy, science, technology
Sharon Hubbs WrightCrusades, Medical, Medieval, Prairies, conflict, women
Zachary YuzwaClassical Receptions, Early Christianity, Hagiography, Late Antiquity, Later Roman Empire, Latin Literature

Tuition and funding


In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • At least 75% GPA of History courses
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant discipline
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. coursework required in Master’s program)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Find a supervisor

Use the list above to find a potential supervisor in your area of research interest.  Once you have contacted a faculty member who is willing to supervise your thesis research, begin the formal application process. 

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, email the following to

  • CV (resume)
  • A copy of your transcripts while we wait for the official ones to arrive
  • a 2-3 page statement of intent (should include some discussion about your relevant academic background, your proposed thesis research topic and your potential supervisor)
  • sample of written work


Graduate Admissions
Department of History
9 Campus Drive - Room 515 Arts
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Graduate Chair
Dr. Martha Smith-Norris

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner