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 student 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 student 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. Students will normally commence their programs in the Fall semester.
Research areas for graduate study at the Doctoral level are cultural, political and historical geography, economic geography, resource management, community and regional development, 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 students must successfully complete Geography 6000 and 6001 if these courses, or equivalent courses, have not been included in their Master's program. In addition, all students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 3 credit hours in graduate program courses.
The supervisory committee may decide that a student successfully completes an examination for reading or speaking a language other than English.
After the successful completion of all required courses, students must take a comprehensive examination which will have both a written and an oral component.
Following successful completion of the comprehensive examination the student 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 student.
Each student 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 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
- 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