Graduate Programs

History and Classics, two of the original departments in what was then the Faculty of Arts and Sciences when the University of Alberta was founded in 1908, merged in 1994. Since then we have offered an increasingly interdisciplinary learning environment, with graduate training in history, archaeology, language, literature, and, most recently, ancient societies and cultures. Within that framework, students in both History and Classics streams can choose to focus in one of several Areas of Study. Reflecting the national and international reputation of its faculty, the Department boasts a number of recognized areas of excellence in research and attracts graduate students not only from Alberta and across Canada but also from overseas.

Through faculty appointments and research interests, our Department maintains close links with a number of other campus units. They are the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies; the Departments of East Asian Studies, English and Film Studies, Human Ecology, and Sociology; Faculty of Arts interdisciplinary programs in Humanities Computing, Middle Eastern and African Studies, Science, Technology and Society, and Religious Studies; the Faculties of Native Studies, Law, and Medicine and Dentistry; and the Wirth Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies.

The University of Alberta, which is Canada’s third largest university with approximately 37,000 students, has outstanding facilities and research opportunities for advanced students. The Library System licenses a wide range of electronic resources as well as housing several million volumes, microforms, manuscripts, data sets, and government documents pertinent to graduate study. Through its new teaching certificate program introduced in fall 2009, the University of Alberta also offers opportunities for graduate students to develop an ethical, philosophical, and practical basis for careers in post-secondary teaching and to record this training on their transcripts.

Every graduate student is responsible for knowing all the requirements of his/her program and for knowing and observing all University and Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) regulations and procedures affecting his/her program and professional conduct. Thus, while this webpage provides essential information about the graduate programs offered by the Department of History and Classics, prospective and especially current students need also to consult the following:

  • relevant sections of the University of Alberta Calendar
  • the FGSR Graduate Program Manual
    (the online manual is updated 7 to 10 days after meetings of FGSR Council and other policy-deciding bodies)
  • Constantly updated throughout the academic year, the Deadlines and Events page within this website gives prospective, incoming, and current students quick access to crucial internal Departmental dates and information.


(website updated November 2016)