- Professor and Head of the Department
- K. Story
To be admitted to the 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 B.A. (Honours) or B.Sc. (Honours) degree, and who has spent not less than 12 months in a M.A. or M.Sc. degree program may apply for transfer into a Ph.D. 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.
The deadline for submission of applications for admission is January 15. Candidates will normally commence their programs in the Fall semester.
Research areas for graduate study at the Doctoral level are cultural and historical geography, economic geography, resource management, physical geography and geographic information sciences.
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 successfully completes 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 candidate.
Each candidate will be required to present a seminar on their research to the Department.
The Ph.D. program will conclude with the examination and oral defence of the completed thesis in accordance with the appropriate sections of the General Regulations governing the School of Graduate Studies.
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
- 6202 Economic Geography III: Problems in Transportation
- 6203 Economic Geography IV: Land Use Pattern Analysis
- 6250 Conservation of Natural Resources
- 6300 Problems in Fisheries Geography
- 6301 Methodologies of Fisheries Geography
- 6400 Fluvial Geomorphology
- 6401 Glacial Geomorphology
- 6403 Hydrology
- 6410 Climatology
- 6420 Chronologies in Physical Geography
- 6430 Biogeography
- 6500 Cultural Geography
- 6510 Ethic Group Settlement in the New World
- 6550 Population
- 6600 Historical Geography
- 6700 Political Geography
- 6800 Urban Geography
- 6801 Spatial Aspects of Urbanization and City System Development
- 6802 Internal Structure of Cities
- 6820 Cartographic Design
- 6830 Cartographic Production
- 6900 Graduate Seminar in Regional Geography
- 6990-95 Special Topics in Geography