University of Winnipeg

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The Joint Master of Arts program is offered by the History Departments of The University of Winnipeg and The University of Manitoba. Courses and thesis direction are offered at both institutions, and students completing the program may elect to receive their degrees from both of the participating universities.

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Students may choose between a course M.A. and a thesis M.A. The first involves four courses, three of which should be 7000/700-level History courses. In addition, the student is required to select a major field, and must pass both a written and an oral comprehensive examination upon that field. The second choice involves two 7000/700-level courses and the presentation of a thesis. In both programs the student is required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language (French for Canadian History).

Students in the program with no previous training in Historiography and/or Historical Methods will need to take a 6 credit hour graduate course in this field. In addition, all students in the program will be required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language, relevant to their research program.

The Course and Major Research Paper streams are designed as 12-month programs, while the Thesis and Archival Studies streams are designed as two-year programs. All necessary requirements for the MA in History, offered by the University of Winnipeg, must be fulfilled within four years of the original date of entry into the JMP. Students must re-register for each year until their program is completed. 

Sample Careers

  • Graduates are prepared to enter PhD programs or to put their knowledge to work as teachers or
  • Professional researchers or to find employment in government, the law, journalism, museums, libraries, archives.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Tropical Africa In The 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Canadian-american Relations 
  • Imperialism, Decolonization, and Neo-colonialism, 1700-present
  • Popular Radicalism In The Modern World
  • Early Modern European History
  • The Russian Revolution

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For admission into any stream in the Joint Master's Program, candidates must hold a B.A. Honours degree or equivalent in History with at least a ‘B’ or second class standing. Students who lack this qualification but who have an acceptable general degree with a history major (and an average of B in their history courses) are generally admitted to the Pre-M.A. program. 
  • All potential graduate students, particularly those currently enrolled in B.A. Advanced programs, should discuss their graduate programs with the Chair of either the Joint Master's Program (M.A. applicants) or the Chair of the Graduate Excecutive Committee in History (Pre-MA and Ph.D. applicants).

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