The degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science are offered in Geography by full-time or part-time study.
The deadline for submission of applications for admission is January 15. Students will normally commence their programs in the Fall semester.
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.
Major research areas for graduate study at the master's level are cultural, political, historical, economic, urban, resource management, community and regional development, geomorphology, Quaternary environments, climatology, and geographic information sciences.
Students 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.
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.
Students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate program courses with a minimum grade of 'B' in each. Geography 6000 and 6001 will be required courses for all students who have not already completed equivalent courses at the Honours or post-graduate level.
Students whose undergraduate degree is not in geography will normally 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.
Each student will be required to present a seminar on the student's research to the Department.
Each student must submit a thesis based on the student's own original research. This thesis will be examined in accordance with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of students as far as the resources of the Department will allow.
- 6000 Development of Geographical Thought and Practice I
- 6001 Development of Geographical Thought and Practice II
- 6002 Directed Readings in Geography
- 6100 Research Techniques in A Selected Field of Geography I
- 6101 Research Techniques in A Selected Field of Geography II
- 6120 Geospatial Modelling and Analysis
- 6150 Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
- 6200 Economic Geography I
- 6201 Economic Geography II
- 6204 Sustainable Community and Regional Development
- 6250 Conservation and Sustainability of Natural Resources
- 6251 Survey Design, Questionnaire Development and Techniques of Data Collection
- 6300 Problems in Fisheries Geography
- 6400 Fluvial Geomorphology
- 6401 Glacial Geomorphology
- 6402 Coastal Geomorphology
- 6410 Climatology
- 6420 Quaternary Geography
- 6430 Biogeography
- 6500 Cultural Geography
- 6505 Political Ecology
- 6600 Historical Geography
- 6700 Political Geography
- 6800 Urban Geography
- 6821 Advanced Computer Mapping
- 6900 Graduate Seminar in Regional Geography
- 6990-95 Special Topics in Geography