Graduation Requirements

Master’s Program

Candidates for the Master’s degree are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits in their program, consisting of at least 24 credits of courses numbered 500 and above (including thesis/major essay) and up to 6 credits of courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Master of Arts (MA) – Thesis Program (30 credits)

  1. Thesis : GEOG 599 (15 credits)
  2. Courses 500-level and above : 9 credits including GEOG 520 or GEOB 500
  3. Courses 300-level and above : 6 credits (maximum)

Master of Arts (MA) – Non-thesis Program with Comprehensive Examination (30 credits)

  1. Major Essay : GEOG 548 (0 credit)
  2. Courses 500-level and above : 24 credits
  3. Courses 300-level and above : 6 credits (maximum)

Master of Science (MSc) – Thesis Program (30 credits)

  1. Thesis : GEOG 599 (15 credits)
  2. Courses 500-level and above : 9 credits including GEOB 500
  3. Courses 300-level and above : 6 credits (maximum)

Master of Science (MSc) – Non-thesis Program with Comprehensive Examination (30 credits)

  1. Major Essay : GEOG 548 (0 credit)
  2. Courses 500-level and above : 24 credits
  3. Courses 300-level and above : 6 credits (maximum)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

Human Geography

Requirements for PhD students continuing from our Master’s program:

  • Not less than three seminars (at least one from department)
    9 credits

Requirements for new entrants to the program at the PhD level:

  • GEOG 520: 3 credits
  • Not less than two seminars (at least one from department)
    6 credits

Physical Geography

Requirements for PhD students continuing from our Master’s program:

  • Not less than three courses (at least one from department)
    9 credits

Requirements for new entrants to the program at the PhD level:

  • GEOB 500: 3 credits
  • Not less than two courses: 6 credits

Minimum Graduation Requirement:

  • GEOB 500 or GEOG 520
  • Thesis : GEOG 699
  • Admission to candidacy in 2nd year (no later than 3rd year)
  • Completion of comprehensive examination
  • Final G+PS defense
  • Submission of approved thesis

 

Registration

All graduate students in the Department of Geography (excluding those Masters students who are in the non-thesis program with comprehensive examination) must register in a thesis course (Masters: GEOG 599; Doctoral: GEOG 699) before term starts.

Students in the first year of their graduate program (MA, MSc, or PhD), must also register in GEOG 500 (for physical geographers) or GEOG 520 (for human geographers), whichever is relevant, as it is part of the graduation requirement. The Department also encourages all PhD candidates to take a range of the graduate courses offered in order to prepare for the comprehensive examinations.

In addition, should any one wish to take either GEOG 507 (Directed Studies in Physical Geography) or GEOG 547 (Directed Reading in Human Geography), please obtain approval from the Graduate program before registration – Directed_Studies_Syllabus_Template.

Finally, students are permitted to take courses in other departments.  The Department strongly encourages students to discuss with their supervisor and work out a study plan before making their final registration.

To register for your courses, simply go to SSC (Student Service Centre) and log in with your student no. and password (if you have never change your password, it will be YYMMDD of your birthday). Then under “myServices”, click onto “Registration” and highlight the session you want to register in. After you clicked on it, you will be able to add or drop a course.