Application Information

Choosing an advisor

All our programs are thesis-based, which means choosing an advisor is a vitally important decision for your graduate program. Please carefully consider the questions raised in Guidance for Prospective Graduate Students. One of the requirements to for admission to E&G is finding a supervisor for your studies; you will only be able to submit your application successfully once a supervisor has been secured. Check with faculty members in E&G whose research interests are complementary to your intended project.


Deadlines

Canadian/U.S. students should submit their application and supporting documentation to the Faculty of Graduate Studies 3 and a half months prior to their intended start date. International students should submit their application and supporting documentation at least 7 months prior to their intended start date. Please see the application deadline chart below. 

Session Start Date

Canada/US Application Deadline

International Application Deadline
Fall September May 15th February 1st
Winter January September 15th June 1st
Summer May January 15th October 1st


How to Apply

Faculty of Graduate Studies Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Application fee $100 
  • Unofficial transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended (Official transcripts are required before registration): degree certificates are also required for international degrees
  • An English Language test score, such as TOEFL or IELTS, is required, unless the applicant holds a high school or university degree from a country on the exemption list

 *More details about required documentation can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies Website.

Master of Arts/Master of Science/Master of Environment

  • M.Env./M.Sc.—Students with a four-year Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Geography (physical geography specialization) or from a program in the Earth or environmental sciences will be considered. All Master’s applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours of study. 
  • M.A.—Students with an honours degree or equivalent (including a 4-year advanced degree) in Geography (human geography specialization) or from an allied discipline will be considered. All Master’s applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours of study.
  • Statement of Intent
    • A letter of intent, between 1 and 2 pages in length, is required. This letter will briefly describe your intended research project, including your previous research or experience, the proposed topic, preferred methods, and potential contributions. Letters written in the format of a research proposal are strongly preferred. Applicants are encouraged to consult the graduate scholarship application instructions of their appropriate Tricouncil Agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) for guidance. The letter of intent must be approved by your proposed program advisor prior to submitting to the online system.
  • Supervisor Support
    • A letter of support from a potential program advisor is required. Applicants are responsible for contacting potential advisors prior to commencing their application. No applications will be approved without a confirmed advisor.
  • Student Advisor Checklist
    • The potential advisor will complete the Student Advisor Checklist with the applicant.
  • Letters of Recommendation: 2 (must be different from supervisor)

Application page for M.A. in Geography

Application page for M.Env. or M.Sc. in Environment & Geography

Doctor of Philosophy

  • A candidate must normally complete a Master’s degree before entering the Ph.D. program. A 3.5 GPA (or equivalent) in the previous 60 credit hours of course work is normally required.
  • Statement of Intent
    • A statement of research interest, between 2 and 3 pages in length and which provides a detailed research proposal, is required. Letters written in the format of a research proposal are strongly preferred. Applicants are encouraged to consult the graduate scholarship application instructions of their appropriate Tricouncil Agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) for guidance. The statement of research interest must be approved by your proposed program advisor prior to submitting to the online system.
  • Supervisor Support
    • A letter of support from a potential program advisor is required. Applicants are responsible for contacting potential advisors prior to commencing their application. No applications will be approved without a confirmed advisor. 
  • Student Advisor Checklist
    • The potential advisor will complete the Student Advisor Checklist with the applicant.
  • Letters of Recommendation: 2 (must be different from supervisor)

Application page for Ph.D. in Geography

Faculty of Graduate Studies


For questions about requirements or the graduate admission process, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator:

Celia Mellinger
Graduate Program and Alumni Coordinator
Email: riddell.graduate@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-6183

440 Wallace Building
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
University of Manitoba