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

1. The degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science are offered in Geography by 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 February 28. 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 M.A. program if their fields of interest lie in an area of Human Geography or for the M.Sc. if their fields of interest are in Physical Geography or Geographic Information Sciences.

7. It is expected that the program of study and research for the M.A. or M.Sc. will normally be completed in a maximum of 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 be required to complete some 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, and 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. This thesis will be examined in accordance with the GENERAL REGULATIONS of the School of Graduate Studies.


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

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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