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New – MA in History, Applied History Option

The Master's in History program prepares students for interesting careers. It has 3 options.

The new Applied History Option:

  • is a bridge between the university and the labour market, in particular because of the valuable experience it offers through a workplace internship;
  • is aimed at positions for which an education in history (applied history) is necessary, but also promotes the value of history-related skills and knowledge for positions not obviously linked to the discipline;
  • helps graduates enter the job market.
  • Fall and winter admission
  • Daytime classes
  • Full-time, part-time
  • 45 credits


The option is based on 4 elements:

  • 2 mandatory seminars on the connections between history, society and the working world:
    • employability, openings, public uses of history;
    • lectures by professionals with history degrees and who are using their skills in different fields.
  • 1 history seminar, choice to depend on the student’s internship.
  • 3 electives depending on the student’s internship: project management, communication, ethics.
  • 1 internship at a public- or private-sector organization, with an internship report of about 40 pages. The Department will assist students in finding internships.

Who is this option for?

This option is intended mainly for history graduates (specialized bachelor’s degree or a bachelor’s with a major or minor in history) who are not necessarily planning to teach or conduct research, and who wish to enter the job market.

Graduates from other disciplines (e.g. political science, international studies, sociology, art history, film studies, literature, classical studies, philosophy) may also be admitted, but will probably have to take preparatory courses (up to 2 terms of courses).

Program structure

This option consists of:

  • 18 course credits
  • 15 credits for the internship
  • 12 credits for the report

PROGRAM STRUCTURE (In French) This page lays out the core, optional and elective courses offered, how many courses you have to take in each block, in which term each course is normally given, etc.

Job outlook

Many history graduates are applying their talents in a variety of fields: media companies, public and parapublic institutions, non-profit organizations, publishing, politics, communications for private-sector businesses, cultural organizations, as well as tourism, heritage and entertainment.

Questions about this program?

Thomas Wien, Associate Professor: 514 343-6111, ext. 42721

The + of studying history at the Université de Montréal!

  • Many professors in the Department of History are members of provincial, federal or international interuniversity research groups.
  • The Department of History has an exceptional variety and number of research projects funded by bodies such as the SSHRC.