History (MA)

An investment that works

By hiring a CO-OP student from the University of Ottawa, you are investing in a winning combination! You get a motivated and enthusiastic employee while giving a student the chance to put their academic training to the test. The University of Ottawa is the place to recruit CO-OP students!

Only the top students are admitted to the program. Each one has achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 7 out of 10 (a B+ average). Students begin their first work term after one complete year of study, giving them a strong academic foundation to help them succeed on the job. You may choose French-speaking, English-speaking or bilingual students. The sequence of work and study terms is shown below.

Skills that are in demand

By the time our CO-OP graduate students in history begin their first work term, they have successfully completed their first year of graduate studies and have taken courses that provide advanced expertise in several of the following areas:


  • Research skills and methodologies such as statistical analysis, gender analysis, media content analysis, analysis of bias
  • Theories of historical change
  • Document, photograph and artifact analysis
  • Canadian, European, American and non-Western history; history of indigenous peoples
  • Political, economic, legal, military, social, intellectual, technological, gender history
  • Preparation of research proposals
  • Essay and memo writing


Students become familiar with the methodological tools and resources in their field. At the same time, they develop advanced skills in critical research, reading and writing. This training means interns will integrate quickly into your work environment, becoming a productive member of your team in no time.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - Program with Memoir

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2Study-

Sequence 2 - Program with Thesis

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2Study-
Examples of tasks at work
  • Analyzing documents and policies
  • Archiving documents, reports and other materials
  • Conducting advanced research
  • Helping in the policy consultation process
  • Improving and copyediting documents
  • Preparing presentations
  • Providing context for macro- and micro-historical issues
  • Writing clear and concise briefing notes, summaries and reports
Student salaries
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