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Why History at Waterloo?

The University of Waterloo is specifically committed to attracting top graduate students from Canada and from around the world.

But that's not the only reason to study history here.

The Tri-University History Program provides you with access to the resources of three universities:

  • Your course/field work and thesis/dissertation committee will likely involve students and faculty from all three campuses campuses, helping you build a larger network of friends and resources.
  • The uWaterloo Library is part of the Tri-University Group of Libraries that provide all Waterloo students with quick and efficient access to books and other resources from the libraries at Wilfrid Laurier and Guelph. As a member of a joint graduate program, you'll have special access to all the electronic journals and e-books from the other universities as well. And on the rare occasion we don't have it locally, our inter-library loan system gives you free access to materials from across the province and beyond.
  • Waterloo's friendly history department will remain your academic home, so you'll never feel lost among the larger program.

Since we're able to provide our graduate students with shared office space, you'll have your own place on campus to do work and to socialize with your cohort.

Look through the list of our respected faculty members, their research areas, and their publications to find someone you would like to work with; see what some our current graduate students are researching; or browse the doctoral dissertations completed by past doctoral students


Tri-University Graduate Program logo with three yellow barsWe'd like to help our graduate students get as much as they can out of their time at Waterloo, and as part of the Tri-University Program.

We can help you seek further financial assistance for your education, and provide you with convenient access to the forms you might need and important dates you need to keep in mind.

To help you with your teaching assistanceships now and with a possible future teaching career, we offer a variety of teaching training to our graduate students.

If you are having difficulty navigating your academic rights, responsibilities, and requirements, please don't hesitate to contact our graduate academic advisor.

We'd also like to remind you that academic integrity is of primary importance to us at the University of Waterloo, and we hold our students to the highest ethical standards.

Graduate students within the Tri-University Program are represented by the Tri-University Graduate Student Association and more broadly by the Graduate Student Association of the University of Waterloo.

Need some academic advice?

Professor Andrew Hunt (Associate Chair, Graduate) acts as an advisor to all graduate students on academic issues, especially those pertaining to history.

Feel free to inquire about:

  • program requirements 
  • thesis expectations
  • coordination within the Tri-University system
  • advice on continuing your academic career
  • coordination of Teaching Assistantships
  • other issues related to your success in the program

Your graduate advisor is here to help!

Contacts for Graduate Students'