Application to the Doctoral Program in War Studies


The PhD program in War Studies consists of:

  • course work,
  • a methodology course,
  • comprehensive exams,
  • a dissertation, and
  • a second-language requirement.

A listing of War Studies courses is available through the Graduate Studies Calendar - War Studies

For additional information on the PhD program at RMC, interested applicants should read on general Admission, and Regulations at Graduate Studies and Research Division Calendar 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the Doctoral Program in War Studies must have completed an academic Master's degree from a fully accredited university. A professional Master's degree or diploma is not sufficient.

Doctoral students must complete two years of full-time study, meaning they must be registered as a full-time student for a period of 5 academic terms and they must take doctoral-level War Studies classes from RMC during that period. The courses may be onsite courses, internet courses or a combination of both. Students must be available to meet with their supervisors onsite in Kingston, Ontario for the duration of their programme.

Part-time Students

Students are eligible to study part-time once they have completed two years of full-time study.

Application Documentation

To be considered for admission to the doctoral program, applicants must submit the following documents to the War Studies Program:

  • 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 the War Studies Admissions Committee can determine if we offer courses and supervision in your area of interest. This should take the form of an essay of approximately 2000 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.
    • The name of the RMC faculty member who accepted to be your advisor (mandatory to evaluate the application file).
  • A paper you have written that is substantial in content and analysis, and 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.

In addition to completing the Referee Assessment form, referees may also attach a letter of reference or other comments, if they wish.

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Incomplete Applications

The War Studies Admissions Committee will not consider incomplete applications.



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 to 1 May.

How to Contact the War Studies Program

By mail

War Studies Programme

2 Verité Ave
Royal Military College of Canada

PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario CANADA
K7K 7B4


By phone: 1 (613) 541-6000 ext 3724
By fax: 1 (613) 541- 6219
Military (CSN): 271-3724


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