MA & MSc Programs

Our MA and MSc programs introduce students to independent research while broadening and deepening their contact with a selected aspect of Geography

Program Start Date

We offer one intake a year in September. The application process to our program opens in September and closes in the middle of December.

Programs of Study

Four programs are available, each may be terminal or may lead to doctoral study:

  • Master of Arts (MA) – Thesis Program – (30 credits)
  • Master of Arts (MA) – Non-thesis Program with Comprehensive Examination (30 credits) *currently not accepting applications*
  • Master of Science (MSc) – Thesis Program (30 credits)
  • Master of Science (MSc) – Non-thesis Program with Comprehensive Examination (30 credits) *currently not accepting applications*

See Geography Master of Arts, Geography Master of Science, and Geography Doctor of Philosophy.

Other Program Requirements

Spring Review
A program progress review is required of all MA/ MSc students in the spring of their first year. And, it allows students to discuss their research plans with their Committee.

Spring Symposium
All MA/ MSc students in their second year are required to present their work at the annual Spring Symposium held in May. They are also encouraged to make presentations at Home Seminars, Department Colloquia, professional meetings and conferences.

Memo of Expectations
All MA/ MSc students are required to complete the Memo of Expectations each year in the spring by the end of May. For newly admitted students, please complete the Memo of Expectations at the start of term in September. You can find the Memo of Expectations form on the Forms and Policies page of our website.

Completion time and Enrollment

For data on our MSc program, click here.  For data on our MA program, click here. For details on our PhD program, click here.

Full-time vs. Part-time

The full-time or part-time status is defined by which fee schedule you are paying and not by the course load you are having. Part-time students are expected to complete the same academic workload as required of full-time students. For more information on the fee schedule, please review the Tuition page.

**Please note that we are not currently accepting students for the part-time MA and MSc progams.


Candidacy as a full-time student requires attendance at the University for one complete winter session (September to May) for students who have fulfilled all prerequisites. In practice, most students take two years of full-time study to complete the degree.