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    • Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • Master of Science in Environment and Geography

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    Expected duration

    • 2 years

The Department of Environment and Geography is one of the most dynamic and eclectic research units at the University of Manitoba.

The major pillars of the Master of Science Environment and Geography program are:

  • Climatology
  • Meteorology
  • Hydrology
  • Geomorphology
  • Oil geography
  • Biogeography
  • Ecology
  • Toxicology
  • Geomatics
  • Oceanography

Current research in the Department of Environment and Geography can be broadly divided into five integrated themes:

Biogeography and terrestrial ecology

Socio-ecology of risk, restoration ecology of prairie, riparian forest and urban habitat, population dynamics and dispersal of invasive species.

Environmental chemistry and toxicology

The chemical processes, and transport of contaminants across environmental interfaces, ecotoxicology; ecological risk assessment and water quality.

Atmosphere-surface coupling

Surface climates, biogeophysics of surface heat and mass exchange, atmospheric dynamics, thermodynamics and severe weather.

Sea ice and ocean science

Sea ice geophysics, polar marine systems, trophic structure, energy and contaminant flows.

Geomatics and remote sensing

Closely integrated with the other five themes, this involves the development of techniques for the gathering and analysis of information.

Program details

Expected duration: 2 years

Tuition and fees: One year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

All students must complete and orally defend a thesis that makes a distinctive contribution to the fields of environment and/or geography.

Students must present their thesis research at a seminar offered and advertised at the department level prior to their defense.

Students are also encouraged to present at an academic or a professional conference or seminar as approved by their advisory committee.

Sample course offerings

  • GEOG 7180: Methodology of Agricultural Geography
  • GEOG 7200: Environment, Resources, and Population
  • GEOG 7290: Energy Analysis
  • GEOG 7332: Concepts in Atmospheric Modelling
  • GEOG 7360: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Issues in the Environment
  • GEOG 7400: Field Topics in Arctic Systems
  • GEOG 7440: Climate Change
  • GEOG 7470: Techniques in Climatology
  • GEOG 7580: Gender and the Human Environment

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the MSc in Environment and Geography program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Students with an honours degree or equivalent (including a 4-year advanced degree) in geography (physical geography specialization) or from a program in the Earth or environmental sciences will be considered.

The requirement for admission is a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours of course work.

Applicants must be accepted by an advisor prior to submitting an application to enter the program. Please review the academic listing and communicate directly with those whose research most closely matches that of your own interests.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

Applications are submitted online and must include the following before they will be reviewed  by the admissions committee:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Statement of intent
  • Supervisor support
  • Completed student advisor application checklist
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic sources different from supervisor

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

Statement of intent information

The statement of intent should be between one and two pages and 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 statement of intent must be approved by your proposed program advisor prior to submitting to the online system.

Application deadlines

Canadian and US applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Winter 2022 September 15, 2021 Apply for Winter 2022 (Canada/US)
Summer 2022 January 15, 2022 Apply for Summer 2022 (Canada/US)
Fall 2022 May 15, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (International)

International applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Summer 2022 September 15, 2021 Apply for Summer 2022 (International)
Fall 2022 February 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (International)
Winter 2023 May 15, 2022 Not open yet

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Mailing address
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Office location
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

Phone: 204-474-8808
Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext. 8808
Fax: 204-474-7554

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program Inquiries

Celia Mellinger
Graduate Program and Alumni Coordinator
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Room 440 Wallace Building
125 Dysart Rd
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6

University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)