The Master of Arts (Geography) is the logical progression for graduates from a Bachelor of Arts program. However, students interested in Physical Geography, who do not wish to pursue the Master of Science (Environment and Physical Geography) may also enroll in the program and study many areas of Physical Geography as well as Human Geography.
While graduate research opportunities are available in several aspects of physical geography, and human geography, particular emphasis is placed on geomatics and applied geography.
Geography is the study of the dynamic character, spatial organization and interrelationships among the human and physical characteristics at, and near the Earth’s surface. A central tenet of geography, is that location, and spatial interactions are important for understanding a wide variety of physical, and human events and processes. Geography is thus an integrative discipline. Bringing together a large variety of phenomena and processes in a spatial context that other disciplines treat in isolation. Human geographers examine spatial patterns, and the organization of human behavior to comprehend the social, cultural, economic, and historical processes that have created the landscape.
Fields of Research
In relation to human geography, departmental research interests focus on agricultural, cultural, population, rural settlement, urban, and industrial geographies, resource management, energy, and environment, regional development, geography of aging, and environmental cognition. In physical geography, research interests focus on climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, and associated studies of natural hazards, and disasters. Emphasis is placed on both human, and physical applications of Geomatics, which include methodology for observation (e.g. remote sensing), and for the analysis and display of data (e.g. computer modeling, computer cartography, and GIS). Research projects are conducted internationally, but focus particularly on the Arctic, Western Canada, Malawi, China, Brazil, Taiwan, India, the Caribbean, California, and Europe.
In addition to the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the last 60 CH. Applicants must be accepted by an advisor prior to submitting an application to enter the program. Please review the academic listing found at the following link and communicate directly with those whose research most closely matches that of your own interests. The department will not consider applications that have not identified a confirmed program supervisor.
Minimum program requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies are found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of the Calendar. Master of Arts students are required to complete at least 12 credit hours as follows: 6 credit hours from the 7000 level, 6 credit hours of any other course at the 3000-level or higher. Students who began their program after June 2008 must present their thesis research at a seminar offered and advertised at the department level prior to their defence. Students are also encouraged to attend and present at an academic or a professional conference or seminar as approved by their Advisory Committee. In addition, a thesis is required. An oral defence of the thesis is an integral part of the Master of Arts examination. Complete supplementary regulations of the program can be found and should be consulted HERE (PDF) or on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. It is the students' responsibility to read and follow these regulations.
Second Language Reading Requirement: none
Expected Time to Graduate: two years
For Information on approval requirements, or Graduate admission process, please contact the Department Graduate Program Office:
Graduate Program Administrator