War Studies Post Graduate Degree Programme
Application to the Master of Arts Program in War Studies
When pursued full-time, the Master of Arts (MA) in War Studies normally requires four academic terms (i.e., two years). There are three study patterns – the thesis pattern, the directed research project or the course pattern.
In addition to the instructions in this document, interested applicants should read Section 4 (Admissions) and Section 5 (Academic Regulations) of the Graduate Studies and Research Division Calendar.
Applicants for the MA Program in War Studies must have an Honour's Bachelor's Degree or equivalent with a B+ average.
The War Studies Admission Committee follows the established practice of Ontario universities in admitting the occasional candidate who has a three-year degree (non-honours) provided that the individual is a very high quality applicant with other types of educational and developmental exposure of substantial nature. Such candidates may be expected to do additional work beyond the normal degree requirements for a candidate possessing a four-year Honours Baccalaureate degree or equivalent.
On occasion the War Studies Admission Committee admits students on Provisional Status. Provisional Status is described in Section 5 (Academic Regulations) of the Graduate Studies and Research Division Calendar.
Provisional students must meet the terms and conditions set out in the letter of offer from the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students failing to meet these conditions will be required to withdraw from the program.
Applicants that may qualify for accreditation at the graduate level should consult the RMCC Graduate Studies Calendar for more information on transfer credit and granted credit, under article 5.15 & article 5.16.
Candidates may request Advanced Standing in writing to the Chair of War Studies at the time the candidate is applying to the program. Such candidate is required to provide documentation on the achievement for which credit is sought. The Chair of War Studies will assess the eligibility for advanced standing and make a recommendation for approval to the Dean of Graduate Studies. If approved, the marks summary and transcript will annotate these credits as "CG" for "Credit Granted", or "TC" for "Transfer Credit".
RMC’s Graduate Studies Committee reviews the advanced standing status of specific courses regularly. At present, under RMCC-CFC Joint Programmes, the following course qualifies for advanced credits in the program of War Studies: the Joint Command and Staff Programme (JCSP).
More information is provided at RMCC Graduate Studies Calendar / RMCC-CFC Joint Programmes for the number of credits available.
To be considered for admission to the MA Programme, applicants must submit to the War Studies Programme the following documents:
A completed application form (forms are available on the RMC Web site).
An official transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended.
A Statement of Purpose outlining in precise terms your area of interest and plans for study in the graduate program so that the War Studies Admissions Committee can determine if we offer courses in your area of interest. This should take the form of an essay of approximately 1000 words covering the following:
- Why you are interested in the RMC War Studies program.
- The field or discipline in which you are interested.
- How your academic and practical experience prepares you for War Studies.
- For those planning on pursuing the thesis pattern (i.e., completing a thesis), please include your intended area of thesis research and the faculty supervisor(s) with whom you wish to work.
A paper you have written that is substantial in content and analysis in your area of interest, which the War Studies Admission Committee can use to assess your analytical ability and writing skills.
Each candidate must provide 3 Referee Assessment Form from three academic references. In addition to completing the Referee Assessment form, selected referees may also attach a letter of reference or other comments, if they wish.
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NB - Normally, Referee Assessment forms and letters of reference should be written by members of academic faculty. Occasionnally, references will also be accepted from non-academic supervisors; commanders and others who are in a position to observe, judge and comment appropriately on the ability of the candidate to complete graduate studies.
The War Studies Admission Committee will not consider incomplete applications.
It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that their application is complete by the deadline.
The War Studies Admission Committee conducts two MA selection boards each year. The first is the primary selection board where most of the MA positions are filled. The second board considers applicants for those positions left unfilled once the selected candidates from the first board have chosen to accept or reject the offers of admission. To be considered by the first board your complete application must be received by 15 February. To be considered by the second board, your complete application must be received by 15 June.
How to Contact the War Studies Program
War Studies Programme
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario CANADA
By phone: 613-541-6000 ext 6862
By fax: 613-541-6219
Military (CSN): 271-6862