Graduate Studies

Human Geography

Creative Minds

Our graduate students are undertaking research on a diverse range of topics in the fields of geography, environment and geomatics

In the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, we contribute to the body of knowledge in our diverse fields through high-quality teaching and excellence in research. We prepare specialized teachers and researchers to meet the demands of the geographic profession for various public, private and community agencies. Our graduate students undertake meaningful research on a diverse range of topics redefining geography, environment and geomatics, and leading them to a wide variety of careers. From Canada’s northernmost glaciers to Toronto’s immigration, from remote sensing of shallow reefs to water security for Northern Peoples, from the study of past environmental change to the future effects of today’s forest fires our graduates are studying all over the map for the benefit of our planet’s environments and societies. The Department has laboratories for GIS, physical geography, paleoclimatology and climatology, remote sensing and geomatics of the environment. Awards and financial support are available to full-time graduate students.

Graduate Programs

Master's Programs

The Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics offers Master’s of Arts and Master's of Science programs.

 

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General information, overview and program requirements:

Master of Arts Programs

Master of Science Programs

 

General information on graduate studies at the Faculty of Arts:

 

Full time or part time?
In certain cases, students may be admitted to a Master's program on a part-time basis. Part-time students must normally complete course requirements, except the thesis, within a period of not more than 24 months. For more information consult the Department.

How to apply:

Applications to our thesis-based programs are only accepted if a professor indicates that they will supervise the student’s thesis research. If you would like to apply to one of our graduate programs, your first step should therefore be to identify a potential supervisor, contact them, and ensure that they are interested in supervising you. Once you have done so, applications to our graduate programs are completed online here. In addition to the online application, you can submit a declaration of personal experience directly by emailing it to the chair of graduate studies. This form allows you to provide information about your life experience and personal development that you believe is relevant to your application but not captured in the other documents submitted with your application. Use of this form is voluntary.


 

Doctoral Programs

The Department of Geography offers two doctoral programs.

 

Detailed information on how to complete your program:

 

Programs, overview and requirements:

 

General information on graduate studies at the Faculty of Arts:

 

How to apply:

Applications to our thesis-based programs are only accepted if a professor indicates that they will supervise the student’s thesis research. If you would like to apply to one of our graduate programs, your first step should therefore be to identify a potential supervisor, contact them, and ensure that they are interested in supervising you. Once you have done so, applications to our graduate programs are completed online here. In addition to the online application, you can submit a declaration of personal experience directly by emailing it to the chair of graduate studies. This form allows you to provide information about your life experience and personal development that you believe is relevant to your application but not captured in the other documents submitted with your application. Use of this form is voluntary.

For graduate studies, the Department offers three fields of research

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Research Interests

Research interests

Professors in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics are engaged in three broad fields of research.
 

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