Pre-M.A. Program

The Pre-Master's Program is a non-degree program designed to prepare students for admission into the M.A. Program at this or any other university. Students who are not sufficiently prepared for admission directly into the M.A. Program may take a pre-M.A. year which is similar to fourth year Honours in history at the University of Manitoba.

At this level, the history department offers courses of study in these areas: The Americas; Asian and African; Canadian; Medieval and Early Modern European; European; General; and Modern World.

Program Admission Requirements

To be accepted for Pre-M.A. work, applicants must:

(a)  hold a general degree which includes at least FOUR courses in history with an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B)

 (b) have obtained an overall average in those history courses of B (3.0 grade points in our system) or better

The Faculty of Graduate Studies requirement for admission to Graduate Studies is a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (or B) in the last two full years of the Undergraduate Program.
See the University of Manitoba Graduate Calendar ("Academic Guide" Section 3: General Regulations: Pre-Master's)

Graduates from another discipline who wish to proceed towards an M.A. in history can qualify themselves for admission into the Pre-M.A. Program by taking a number of undergraduate courses in history in consultation with the departmental Chair of the Graduate Executive Committee. Such students are expected to achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the history courses they have chosen. All potential graduate students, particularly those currently enrolled in the B.A. Advanced Program, should discuss their graduate programs with the Chair of the History Joint Graduate Executive Committee.

NOTE: Students requiring study permits and/or visas to study in Canada may not be granted these documents if applying to the Pre-MA program. The Pre-MA is classified as a non-degree program, and therefore there is a considerable risk that the federal authorities responsible for issuing permits and visas will not view it as adequate to justify approval.

Program Requirements

The Pre-M.A. program consists of four full year or equivalent history courses at the 4000-level (totaling 24 credit hours). One of these courses must be either HIST 4400 - Historical Method, OR HIST 4580 - Great Historians, unless the student can present convincing evidence of having already passed a similar course in historical methods. The other three courses should be chosen from at least TWO areas of historical study. The courses selected, which will be done in consultation with the Chair of the Graduate Executive Committee in History, should ensure adequate preparation for further study at the graduate level.

As the Pre-M.A. year is a preparation for students who need to improve their qualifications in the discipline of History, Pre-M.A. students may not take 4000 level courses from other departments or disciplines.

Normally, the Pre-M.A. program is completed in one academic year though it is permitted to complete the program on a part-time basis, provided that students enroll in a minimum of one course per term.

The Pre-M.A. year is a period of probation. Students enrolled in this program of studies must achieve an overall average of at least 3.0 grade points (B). The minimum passing grade at this level is C+ (2.5 grade points) in any single course; however, any student who fails to reach B on more than one occasion (even if his/her overall grade point average is more than 3.0) will normally be required to withdraw. It should be pointed out that upon successful completion of the Pre-M.A. year, the student does not automatically proceed to the Joint Master's Program. Each application is weighed on its own merits, including Grade Point Average.

At the beginning of the academic session each Pre-M.A. student, in consultation with the Chair of the Graduate Executive in History, may choose a personal advisor from among the faculty members of the Department of History. The advisor need not be one of the student's course instructors. The selection of an advisor is not mandatory. Normally the Chair of the Graduate Executive Committee serves as the advisor. The latter's function is to serve as an intermediary between the student and the faculty, to offer advice on the nature of the graduate program, and to ensure that the student fulfills all requirements.

Students enrolled in the Pre-MA program are not eligible for department or university funding.