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.


Thesis or project based program

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 upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

If you are applying for start dates prior to Fall 2017 (Winter 2017 or Spring/Summer 2017) you will not be able to upload documents to your application. Please e-mail any unoffical copies of required documents to the graduate administrator listed below.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript should be a copy of a transcript issued by the university or college.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate Studies and Research
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • The English-language proficiency test must be taken within the last two years of receipt of your application.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate Studies and Research
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a brief written description of previous relevant course work, grades, employment, and relevant training and life experience
  • 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)
  • A sample of written work (a maximum of 20 pages for MA applicants and 35 pages for PhD applicants)


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

Graduate Chair
Matthew Neufeld

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner