Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

Graduate Degree Programs

Geography and Planning offers a Masters of Arts or Masters of Science and a doctoral program.  The MA and MSc degrees are two-year programs, and the PhD is typically completed in four years.  We also offer a two-year professionally-accredited Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MPL) through our School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Masters

There are two program options for Master's students:

i) Completion of four graduate term-length courses and a full thesis; or

ii) Completion of six graduate term-length courses and a half-thesis.

GPHY-857* is required for all Master's students in addition to the standard course load.

The program may be completed in one year, but the normal time to completion is two years (or five terms).

Ph.D.

Admission is based upon the completion of a Master's degree or its equivalent at a superior level at a recognized university. In exceptional circumstances, resident Master's students may be accelerated into the Ph.D. program. The program involves satisfying the following requirements:

i) Course work. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of three graduate one-term courses including GPHY 801 (a one-term equivalent Ph.D. Research Seminar) beyond the Master's degree.

ii) Qualifying Examination. Undertaken upon completion of all coursework, usually during the fall term of the second year of study. The examination focuses on the preparation and defence of a thesis proposal and its field of study.

iii) Dissertation. Completion and oral defence of a doctoral dissertation.

The program may be completed within three years of full-time study. Students are eligible for funding for the first four years of the program.