Future graduate students

Sabina Trimble in front of a projected map
Sabina Trimble (MA, 2016) worked with Stó:lō First Nations community members to produce a digital, layered map of Soowahlie's reserve and traditional lands during her time as a UVic student.

Our programs

We offer programs leading to a Master of Arts in two streams: History and Public History. Our PhD program allows you to specialize in a wide range of areas.

Programs require formal course work as set out in detail below. Course work is selected in consultation with the Graduate Adviser and the student's supervisor. Attention is paid to both the specific research interests of the student and the need for exposure to diverse subjects and methodologies.

  • Students in the MA in History (thesis-based option) and in the PhD complete and defend a thesis or dissertation.
  • Students in the MA in History (project-based option) complete an extended research paper.
  • Students in the MA in Public History complete a practicum and a major project.

History students with a strong interest in theory can also apply to take an enriched course load through participation in the interdisciplinary program, Cultural, Social and Political Thought.

Our faculty and researchers

Our faculty have expertise in a wide range of thematic and geographic areas. For specific areas of faculty expertise and to find a supervisor that fits your interests, see our faculty page.

What we offer

A proven commitment to excellence

  • The most recent academic review of UVic's History department called it one of the “best mid-sized departments in Canada.”
  • UVic as a whole was ranked first among mid-size universities in Canada in the 2014 Maclean's survey.
  • UVic History has an exceptionally strong research record and research culture, with faculty producing many award winning books and major research grants, with the most recent being Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross's 2.5 million SSHRC funded Partnership grant, Landscapes of Injustice, exploring the confiscation of Japanese-Canadian property during the Second World War.
  • Faculty in the department offer supervision is a broad range of areas. We are particularly strong in:
    • Indigenous history
    • digital history
    • public history
    • military history
    • history of gender and sexuality
    • political history
    • racism
    • immigration and ethnicity
    • religion
    • legal history
    • environmental history
    • Canadian history
    • BC and the Pacific Northwest
    • world and colonial history
    • early modern European history

Competitive fellowships

Funding of our program by UVic's Faculty of Graduate Studies has increased by more than 50 per cent in the last five years, allowing us to offer extremely competitive fellowships and TA-ships to qualified applicants.

An excellent and supportive academic environment

The program is built around opportunities for faculty-student contact, both intellectual and social, and a strong and supportive sense of community among graduate students.

Important research initiatives and RA opportunities

Leadership in new technologies and in public history

  • Faculty members explore non-traditional ways of conducting and communicating research, including the use of websites, GIS and a range of databases
  • Many of our faculty have expertise in a range of public history fields.  We offer a popular graduate course in public history, and are finalizing arrangements to offer an MA in public history, which (pending final approval) should be available to students in the fall of 2016.