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

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    • Master of Arts in Geography

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    Expected duration

    • 2 years

The Master of Arts in Geography is the logical progression for graduates from a Bachelor of Arts program. Students interested in physical geography, who do not wish to pursue the Master of Science (environment and physical geography) may also enrol 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.

Research interests

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.

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, 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 modelling, 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.

Program details

Expected duration: 2 years

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

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.


The Master of Arts in Geography requires a thesis involving an oral defense as part of the Master of Arts examination.

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 attend and present at an academic or a professional conference or seminar as approved by their advisory committee.

Sample course offerings

  • GEOG 7200: Environment, Resources, and Population
  • GEOG 7360: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Issues in the Environment
  • GEOG 7380: Advanced Ecotoxicology: Understanding Stress Ecology
  • GEOG 7400: Field Topics in Arctic Systems
  • GEOG 7420: Synoptic Meteorology and Weather Analysis
  • GEOG 7440: Climate Change
  • GEOG 7580: Gender and the Human Environment
  • GEOG 7780: Storms-Mesoscale
  • GEOG 7940: Sea Ice in Arctic Marine System
  • GEOG 7960: Oceanography: Biological II High Trophic Levels

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Master of Arts in 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 (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. 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 professors whose research most closely matches that of your own interests.

The department will not consider applications that have not identified a confirmed program supervisor.

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
  • 2 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
Fall 2021 May 15, 2021 Apply for Fall 2021 (Canada/US)
Winter 2022 September 15, 2021 Apply for Winter 2022 (Canada/US)
Summer 2022 January 15, 2022 Apply for Summer 2022 (Canada/US)

International applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Winter 2022 May 15, 2021 Apply for Fall 2021 (International)
Summer 2022 September 15, 2021 Apply for Winter 2022 (International)
Fall 2022 February 1, 2021 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

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 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)