Associate Professor and Head of the Department É.L. Simms

The degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science are offered in Geography by full-time or part-time study. In some circumstances, degree requirements may be fulfilled by part-time study, but only after a student has completed at least one semester of full-time study.

1. Admission requirements are set forth in the General Regulations for the degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science. Students who meet the requirements and are admitted will register for the M.A. program if their fields of interest lie in Human Geography (for example, cultural/historical, economic, population, urban) or for the M.Sc. if their fields of interest are in Physical Geography (for example, climatology, geomorphology, remote sensing). Students in cartography or resources may be admitted to the M.A. or M.Sc. degree. Transfer between the M.A. or M.Sc. is possible and will be made where the proposed research and program of courses are consistent with the other degree. Recommendations to the School of Graduate Studies concerning such transfers will be made by the Head of the Department, in consultation with the faculty and the student involved.

2. Candidates may commence their programmes in Fall, Winter or Spring Semesters, although commencement other than in the Fall semester may be undertaken only with the approval of the Head of the Department and those members of faculty who will be involved in the student's program.

3. The program of study and research for the M.A. or M.Sc. will normally require up to two years of full-time work. Candidates are required to obtain a grade of "A" or "B" in program courses comprising 12 credit hours.

Geography 6000 will be a required program course unless the student has already passed an equivalent honours or graduate course. The other courses should include a course in the student's special area of interest and a course which deals with research techniques either in general, or as applied to a particular field of enquiry. Courses taken in other departments must be approved by the Head of the Department prior to registration. Extra program courses may be recommended to students where the supervisory committee and the Head of the Department agree they are necessary. Students will normally register for 6 credit hours in the first semester of study and 6 credit hours in the second semester. Changes to the program of courses may be made with the approval of the supervisory committee, the Head of the Department, and the Dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with the student.

4. A student is admitted to graduate studies only if a faculty member agrees to act as supervisor. After the student is admitted, a supervisory committee will be named, normally consisting of the supervisor and two other members of the faculty, one of whom may be external to the department. During the first semester of study the committee will advise the student on writing a brief statement outlining the probable area of study and research for the thesis. This must be submitted to the Head of the Department before the beginning of the following semester. After this, a change of supervisor or membership of the supervisory committee may be made with the agreement of a majority of the parties involved, i.e. student, committee members, and Head of the Department. The Department requires that a written research proposal, approved and supported by the supervisory committee, be completed by the last day of classes of the second semester of study. The student is required to present a seminar on his/her research to the Department during the course of the program.

5. A candidate may be required to take an examination for reading or speaking a language other than English should the supervisory committee deem it necessary.

6. The thesis will normally be submitted for examination before the end of two years from the time of initial registration.

Fields of Research

Major research areas for graduate study in the department are cultural/historical geography, urban geography, transportation, resources, regional development, glacial geomorphology, palynology, climatology, cartography and remote sensing. Research facilities in support of these interests exist within the department.


In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates as far as the resources of the Department will allow:

6000. Development of Geographical Thought
6100. Research Techniques in A Selected Field of Geography I
6101. Research Techniques in A Selected Field of Geography II
6120. Spatial Pattern Analysis and Computer Mapping
6150. Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
6200. Economic Geography I: Location Theory
6201. Economic Geography II: Regional Development
6250. Conservation of Natural Resources
6300. Problems in Fisheries Geography
6400. Fluvial Geomorphology
6401. Glacial Geomorphology
6410. Climatology
6420. Chronologies in Physical Geography
6500. Cultural Geography
6800. Urban Geography
6802. Internal Structure of Cities
6820. Cartographic Design
6990-95. Special Topics in Geography

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