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M.A. and M.Sc.

  1. The degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science are offered in Geography through full-time or part-time study.
  2. Admission requirements are set forth in the GENERAL REGULATIONS of the School of Graduate Studies and Degree Regulations for Master of Arts and Master of Science.
  3. The deadline for submission of applications for admission is January 15. Candidates will normally commence their programs in the Fall semester.
  4. An applicant will be admitted to a graduate program only if a faculty member agrees to act as supervisor. A supervisory committee will be established after admission, normally consisting of the supervisor and two other individuals, one of whom will normally be a member of the Department.
  5. Major research areas for graduate study at the master’s level are cultural, historical, economic, urban, resource management, regional development, geomorphology, Quaternary environments, climatology and geographic information sciences.
  6. Candidates will register for the MA program normally if their background is a BA (or BAH) degree and if their field of interest is in an area of Human Geography or for the MSc if their background is a BSc (or BScH) and their field of interest is in Physical Geography.
  7. The program will normally be completed in two years of full-time work, or three years of part-time work.
  8. Candidates must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate program courses with a minimum grade of B in each. Geography 6000 will be a required course for all candidates who have not already completed an equivalent course at the Honours or post-graduate level.
  9. Candidates whose undergraduate degree is not in geography will normally be required to complete up to four additional undergraduate program courses during their first year of study, in addition to the required graduate program courses. Normally four such undergraduate courses will be required. A minimum grade of 70% must be obtained in each.
  10. Each candidate will be required to present a seminar on their research to the Department.
  11. Each candidate must submit a thesis based on their own original research. Theses may be prepared in traditional (unified) or manuscript (research paper) format. This thesis will be examined in accordance with the GENERAL REGULATIONS of the School of Graduate Studies.