How to apply
Admission to the department graduate program is subject to the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. A minimum TOEFL (TWE included) score of 600 on the paper-based test is required of all international students whose first language is not English. Admission to the MA program normally requires a Bachelor's degree with a minimum overall average of B+ (6.00 G.P.A.), or a Bachelor's degree with a minimum average of A- (7.00 G.P.A.) in the final year's work. Admission to the PhD program normally requires a Master's degree with a minimum average of A- in graduate courses. A candidate with background deficiencies in history may be required to register for a year as an unclassified student before being admitted to the MA program. The suggested deadline for application is February 1. See application procedures below.
Application deadlines, for September 2014 entry are:
February 1st – to be considered for funding
June 30th – for those applicants not requiring funding
A reading knowledge of French or any other second language acceptable to the department is necessary for graduation.
Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty members who share their interests to determine if the faculty member is available to supervise a thesis in their proposed area of study. Application forms for admission, which include the indication of need for financial assistance, can be obtained directly from the Graduate Admissions and Records office.
The History Department requires the following documents for admission:
- Application to Graduate Studies
- One page statement of research interest (also called statement of intent). Statement of research intent sample.
- All transcripts (Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for application. Upon admittance to the program, you will be required to submit all official transcripts)
- 2 letters of reference (assessment reports from referees)
- Writing sample (optional)
- English Language Proficiency (if required)
To be considered for funding, the deadline for application to Graduate Studies is February 1. Applicants are required to submit ALL UVIC required documents in one package to the Graduate Admissions and Records office either in paper or electronically (PDF) but please make sure that ALL required documents are submitted together. Choose only one of these methods for submission or delays may occur in processing your file.
Please see the Graduate Studies website for instructions on how to apply.
Students are encouraged to apply early as not all qualified applicants can be accepted.