We offer M.A., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in human and physical geography, and opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and research within and beyond UBC.

M.A. and M.Sc. in Geography

Our program introduces students to independent research while broadening and deepening their contact with a selected aspect of Geography.

Our program is flexible -Students can complete our M.A./ M.Sc. program on a full-time or part-time basis; and, can either complete a thesis or a series of comprehensive examinations.

Our program gets you started on track – Graduates of our M.A./ M.Sc. program have been hired as professionals in government, consulting agencies, non-governmental organizations, business and as instructors at colleges and universities. Many have gone on to continue their doctoral study.

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Ph.D. in Geography

Our Ph.D. is a research degree. Our program emphasizes the development of a self-motivated and disciplined approach to learning.

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How to Apply

Applications for the September 2015 cohort are accepted by the department from the beginning of October, 2014.  The deadline for applications for the Master of Arts or Master of Science programs is January 4, 2015, and January 11, 2015 for the doctoral program.

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Prospective Supervisors & Research Strengths

You will be mentored by outstanding scholars in geography. Our research is inherently interdisciplinary and we seek to integrate the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Tuition & Funding

You can anticipate a stable and consistent funding for the first four years of the doctoral program and the first two years in the master’s program. Nearly all of our full-time students in thesis programs have guaranteed funding packages of a minimum $20,000 in annual income, which are often in the form of teaching or research assistant positions and departmental scholarships.

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Contact Information

For more information about graduate programs in the Department of Geography, you can email graduate program staff, graduate.program(AT)

Please visit the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies website as well.