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


1. 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.

2. The deadline for submission of applications for admission is February 28. Candidates will normally commence their programs in the Fall semester.

3. Research areas for graduate study at the Doctoral level are cultural and historical geography, economic geography, resource management, physical geography and geographic information sciences.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. The supervisory committee may decide that a candidate successfully completes an examination for reading or speaking a language other than English.

7. After the successful completion of all required courses, candidates must take a comprehensive examination which will have both a written and an oral component.

8. 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.

9. Each candidate will be required to present a seminar on their research to the Department.

10. The Ph.D. 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.


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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