The program information below is valid for the spring 2021 term (May 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021).

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

Graduate research fields

  • Environmental and Resource Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Geomatics
  • Human Geography
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Length of program 
    • Thesis option:
      • Full-time: limit of six terms
      • Part-time: limit of twelve terms
    • Master’s Research Paper option:
      • Full-time: limit of three terms
      • Part-time: limit of six terms
  • Program type 
    • Joint
    • Master's
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • An honours undergraduate degree or equivalent with at least a 75% average. Normally, the undergraduate degree will be in Geography, but applications are welcomed from superior students regardless of background. However, students must demonstrate that they have the necessary background to pursue graduate work in their field of specialization.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      academic references are required unless a professional reference is specified.

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must successfully complete the following 4 graduate level courses (0.50 unit weight per course):
      • GEOG 700 Professional Skills Development for Masters Students
      • 1 of the following foundation courses:
        • GEOG 600 Foundations in Spatial Data Handling
        • GEOG 620 Foundations in Human Geography
        • GEOG 640 Foundations in Environmental Science
        • GEOG 660 Foundations in Resource and Environmental Management
      • Any 2 other GEOG courses that complement the student’s graduate research field. Students may elect to take a non-GEOG elective course with approval of the Graduate Officer.
    • Failure to obtain a final grade of at least 70% in each course will result in an automatic review of the student’s status in the program, which may require that the student withdraw from the program.
    • The coursework part of the program is designed to develop advanced understanding of issues relating to environmental studies, and also to provide students with training in additional methods/skills for their thesis research and its defence. Students will normally complete the 4 one‐term courses during their first year.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Master’s Thesis Proposal
    • During the first year, students develop a thesis proposal that will be approved by their supervisor and committee, normally before the end of the first year.
  • Master’s Thesis
    • Upon approval of the thesis proposal, students will then proceed to the research and writing of the thesis. Normally, students should complete and defend the thesis within two years of starting the program.
  • Other requirements 
    • If a student wishes to switch from the Thesis option to the Master’s Research Paper option or vice versa, the change must be approved by the Graduate Officer.
  • Master's Research Paper option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must successfully complete the following 6 graduate level courses (0.50 unit weight per course):
      • GEOG 700 Professional Skills Development for Masters Students
      • 1 of the following foundation courses:
        • GEOG 600 Foundations in Spatial Data Handling
        • GEOG 620 Foundations in Human Geography
        • GEOG 640 Foundations in Environmental Science
        • GEOG 660 Foundations in Resource and Environmental Management
      • Any 4 other GEOG courses that complement the student’s graduate research field. Students may elect to take non-GEOG elective courses with approval of the Graduate Officer.
    • Failure to obtain a final grade of at least 70% in each course will result in an automatic review of the student’s status in the program, which may require that the student withdraw from the program.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Master’s Research Paper
    • Each student will have a Supervisor and a Reader. The student will develop a research proposal for approval by their Supervisor, normally prior to the end of the first term. The research paper will normally be completed in the Spring (third) term. The paper should be approximately 12,000 words/50 pages in length.
  • Other requirements 
    • If a student wishes to switch from the Thesis option to the Master’s Research Paper option or vice versa, the change must be approved by the Graduate Officer.