Application Master of Arts in War Studies

General Admission information

The Master of Arts (MA) in War Studies can be completed entirely online (internet).  Military personnel, civiliants and government employees can apply. See Eligibility Criteria. 

You can apply as a Full-Time student or as a Part-Time student, regardless of your location of residence. For more information on student status, consult Academic Regulation for Graduate Studies.

Fees information is available at: Administration and Tuition Fees

General RMC Graduate Admission information.


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the MA Programme in War Studies must have an Honours bachelor's degree or equivalent,with a B average.

Interested applicants whose first language is neither English or French should consult the RMC General  Graduate Admission Requirements for the additional documentation required. 

The War Studies Admissions 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 professional experience of substantial nature. 


The War Studies Admissions Committee assemble twice each year to review applications for admission at the Masters and PhD levels. All admitted students will start in September of the same year. 

There are 2 Application deadlines for the boards of Admission: 15 January for all applicants, and 1 May for military personnel and government employees. Online application is available from 1 Oct to 15 Jan, and from 1 March to1 May.


Incomplete Applications

The War Studies Admissions Committee will not consider incomplete applications (see Required documentation).

It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that their application is complete by the deadline.


There are three possible study patterns:

  • ThesisFootnote *: three 2-term courses or the equivalent, a total of 6 credits plus, a thesis (6cr).
  • Directed Research ProjectFootnote *: four 2-term courses or the equivalent, a total of 8 credits plus, a Directed Research Project(2cr).
  • Courses only: five 2-term courses or the equivalent for a total of 10 credits.

For more information on thesis or DRP option, consult the following pages at: Master of Arts Program in War Studies

For more information on courses offered each academic years, see the applicable Timetables.

Advanced Standing (MA only)

Candidates with suitable education and/or experience may apply for advanced credit. This application should be made in writing to the Chair of War Studies at the time the candidate is applying to the programme. This application will normally require the candidate 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 to the Dean of Graduate Studies who will determine if advanced standing is authorized. RMC's Graduate Studies Committee will review the advanced standing status of specific courses regularly.

At present, the following courses qualify for advanced credits:

Canadian Forces College course:

  • Joint Command and Staff Programme (JCSP)

For more information, consult the RMC of Canada-CFC Joint Programmes .

Transfer Credits

An applicant may apply for transfer credit for graduate courses taken at other recognized universities. An application for a transfer credit will be considered when a student has taken a course similar to a course offered in the War Studies program and obtained a mark of at least 70% in that course, and that it has not been used for credit towards a previous degree. A request for transfer credit should normally be made in writing to the Chair of War Studies. The Chair of War Studies will assess the eligibility for transfer credit and make a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies, who will determine if the transfer credit is authorized. There is an administrative fee for each transferred credit or credit granted. For more information see under PLAR 

Required Documentation

To be considered for admission to the MA Programme, applicants must provide:

  • A completed application form (Online Application form ).
  • An official transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended.
  • A definitive 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 (consult
  • A paper you have written that is substantial in content and analysis in your area of interest, which the War Studies Admissions Committee can use to assess your analytical ability and writing skills.
  • Completed Referee Assessment Forms from three academic references.
    • The Referee Assessment Form is available on the RMC Web site. In addition to completing the Referee Assessment form, referees may also attach a letter of reference or other comments, if they wish.
      Normally, Referee Assessment forms and letters of reference should be written by academic faculty. References will also be accepted from non-academic supervisors, commanders and others who are in a position to observe your work and judge on your ability to complete graduate studies. Reference letter can bet be sent directly to the programme at

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How to Contact the War Studies Program

By mail:

War Studies
2 Verité Ave, Cavalry House
Royal Military College of Canada
P.O. Box 17000, Stn. Forces
Kingston ON K7K 7B4



By phone: 613-541-6000 ext 3724
By fax: 613-541-6219
Military (CSN): 271- 3724

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