Prospective Students


Western is a terrific place to study history. We care deeply about teaching and research. We have a large, distinguished, and collegial department, diverse in both geographic focus and methodological approaches to the past. We are building on a long tradition of great historical scholarship with innovative new programs and courses in areas such as public history, digital history, and environmental history. Above all, we believe that a deep understanding of the past can inform and improve the present and the future.

Our graduates go on to teach and study history at universities and colleges across Canada and around the world, or to work in law, business, government, foreign affairs, education, journalism, museums, archives, libraries, and many other fields.

You are encouraged to explore our website to find faculty members whose expertise matches your own research plans and interests. Feel free to contact any of them, or to contact Kara Brown, the Graduate Program Coordinator, or  Prof. Eli Nathans, the Graduate Chair, for other information on applying.

Ready to apply? Please see our  Admission Requirements  and  Application Process

School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Support

  • The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) will be home to a designated support person (Adrian Aquirre Jurado to help facilitate the transition to Canada for international graduate students.
  • Off-Campus Housing Services has tripled its staffing to provide pre-arrival assistance to verify and visit local rental listings on behalf of students and review rental contracts. This service is available to students who face systemic barriers to housing, and new, incoming international students.