Application Master of Arts in War Studies


The Master of Arts (MA) in War Studies can be completed entirely online and/or onsite.

When pursued full-time, the MA in War Studies normally requires four academic terms (i.e. two years).

There are three study patterns: 

  1. three 2-term courses (6cr) or the equivalent plus a thesis, or
  2. four 2-term courses (8cr) or the equivalent plus a project, or
  3. five 2-term courses (10cr) or the equivalent.

For more information on courses, see the Timetable 2017- 2018.

In addition to the application instructions on this page, interested applicants should consult the Graduate Studies Calendar 2016-2017 on Admission and General Admission Requirements, and  Academic Regulations.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the MA Programme in War Studies must have an Honour's Bachelor's Degree or equivalent with a B average.

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. 

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 

Application Documentation

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 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 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 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.

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Incomplete Applications

The War Studies Admissions 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 Admissions Committee conducts two MA selection boards each year.  The deadlines for each board are as follow: 15 January for the first selection board, and 1 May for the second selection board.  The first is the primary selection board for all candidates. The second board of admissions considers military and ODG applicants. To be considered by the board for either date, your completed application and all documentation must be received by the deadline that applies. All students commence the programme in September.

How to Contact the War Studies Program

By mail:

War Studies Programme

Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario CANADA
K7K 7B4


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


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