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- To be admitted to the PhD program, an applicant must have
completed either a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree, or
its equivalent, in Geography or a related discipline. In
exceptional circumstances, a candidate who has completed either a
BA (Honours) or BSc (Honours) degree, and who has spent not less
than 12 months in a MA or MSc degree program may apply for transfer
into a PhD program. A successful application for transfer will
require that the candidate demonstrate to the satisfaction of the
Department an ability to pursue research at the doctoral level.
Admission requirements are set forth in the GENERAL
REGULATIONS of the School of Graduate Studies and Degree
Regulations for PhD programs .
- The deadline for submission of applications for admission is
January 15. Candidates will normally commence their programs in the
- Research areas for graduate study at the Doctoral level are
cultural and historical geography, economic geography, resource
management, physical geography and geographic information
- An applicant will be admitted to a doctoral program only if a
faculty member agrees to act as supervisor, and at least two other
individuals are willing to serve on the supervisory committee.
- All candidates must successfully complete Geography 6000 if
that course, or an equivalent course, has not been included in
their Master’s program. In addition, all candidates are
required to successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours in
graduate program courses.
- The supervisory committee may decide that a candidate must
successfully complete an examination for reading or speaking a
language other than English.
- After the successful completion of all required courses,
candidates must take a comprehensive examination which will have
both a written and an oral component.
- Following successful completion of the comprehensive
examination the candidate will submit a written research proposal
to the supervisory committee. The proposal must then be approved by
the Committee prior to the commencement of research by the
- Each candidate will be required to present a seminar on their
research to the Department.
- The PhD program will conclude with the examination and oral
defense of the completed thesis in accordance with the appropriate
sections of the GENERAL
REGULATIONS governing the School of Graduate Studies.