The Department of Geography and Environmental Management offers graduate diplomas, course-based programs and research programs that help students gain a deeper understanding of the world around us. Our graduate students are given an education that prepares them in the private, public and third party sectors.

Competitive funding packages

Funding packages are available for incoming geography graduate students who meet certain levels of academic merit and apply by the application deadline. 

Research opportunities

Geography conducts research in four geographical themes; Climate change and environment, Economy and Society, Earth system science and Geomatics. Graduate students in our research programs have access to numerous lab, equipment and research support. Read more about our research areas.

Work-integrated learning

Students in the Master of Climate Change have the option to gain real-world work experience with a 4-month internship. 

Collaborative program options

Students in our Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) programs have the opportunity to complete the Collaborative Aeronautics Program (CAP) through the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics.

Students in all our research programs can complete the Collaborative Water Program, coordinated and supported by the Water Institute. 

Dr. Christine

Christine Dow, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, on the Carnein Glacier, East Antarctica.

Dr. Maria Strack and Dr. Percy Korsah

Dr. Maria Strack and Dr. Percy Korsah (2023) investigating how seismic lines can alter carbon cycling in peatlands and its impact on climate change.

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Information for current undergraduate students

Ever wondered about grad studies in Geography at Waterloo? On Sep 22, 2021 we held a virtual info session with current grad students and professors to answer student questions about our Master’s programs, finding a supervisor for your research, and the different types of available funding support. A video recording of the meeting as well as the slides are available to view for those who were not able to attend.