Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

See some of the most frequently asked questions – and their answers – here. If you have further questions about the application process or University policies check out the School of Graduate Studies website. For questions about programs in Geography contact us directly.

Programs

Our Department offers Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctorate degrees. We support diverse research in physical geography, human geography and geospatial systems and geomatics. Learn more about the specifics of each on our programs page.

The Department of Geography at UTM prides itself on its hands-on research – we invite students to learn more, first hand, about the most relevant and interesting issues facing the globe today. 

We provide access to respected leaders in the field of Geography, excellent funding packages to support your research, and a small and tight-knit community of graduate students and faculty to support you throughout your graduate journey. If this aligns with your values, you should consider applying to the Department of Geography at UTM.

The Department of Geography at UTM offers graduate programs in physical geography, human geography and geospatial systems and geomatics. We have a diverse team of faculty who can support a wide range of research interests. Currently, our faculty is focusing on the following broad research clusters:

We recommend that you take a look at faculty and current student profiles to check out some of the current research projects occurring in our department. Feel free to contact our faculty to learn more about their research, or to see if they would be the right fit for your research interests.

The interdisciplinary nature of geography means that there are a wide range of careers open to graduate students upon completion of their degrees. Our graduate students have been successful at finding jobs in their area of interest.

The job titles of some of our past Master’s students include: transportation planner, senior program consultant, research coordinator, director of research and engagement, education and research analyst, soil chemistry technician, geospatial researcher, water resource technician and many more.

Our PhD students have been similarly successful, working for top employers in various academic, government and industry sectors as professors (at Ryerson, York, Carleton, Dalhousie), assistant directors, senior research scientists, senior remote sensing scientists, and many more.

The best way to learn more is to check out the pages on our website or to talk to us in person (3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON Canada, L5L 1C6). Take a look at the information provided here first, and then feel free to contact our faculty using the contact information provided on their profiles. Often, the faculty will put you in touch with current students, so you can learn more about the student experience at UTM Geography.

Yes, you are assigned an applicant number and password when you start the SGS online application. If you plan to apply to more than one program, you can add a “new application” from the payment section of the online application.​ Please note that an application fee is applied to each program you select, unless otherwise indicated. Check out the SGS website for more information.

We highly recommend that you contact the supervisors you are interested in working with before completing your application. Speaking with a prospective supervisor can help ensure that your application receives adequate attention in the application consideration process. The best way to reach out to our faculty is through the contact information provided on our faculty pages.

Finance

The Department of Geography offers a guaranteed funding package for all students  in the funded cohort. The funding package covers the cost of tuition and incidental fees, as well as additional funds to support cost of living. The funding package for domestic students was approximately $25 481 for domestic and $43 693 for international in the 2017-2018 academic year (note: you should contact us for current fees and funding package details prior to applying). The funding package is made up of different components, such that funding may come from a variety of sources including guaranteed TA/RA positions, internal and external scholarships and U of T fellowships.

Master’s students in their first year of study, and PhD students in years 1-4 are in the funded cohort and are eligible for funding. Master’s students in their second year of study, or PhD students beyond their fourth year of study are no longer in the funded cohort and must secure funding independently.

Domestic students in the funded cohort received a total of $23 481 in funding for the 2017-2018 year. The funding package typically covers cost of tuition and nearly $17 000 CAN to assist with incidental fees and cost of living. As tuition fees may change yearly, you should contact us to ensure you have up-to-date information on fees and guaranteed funding package details.

International students in the funded cohort received a total of $43 693 in funding for the 2017-2018 year. The funding package typically covers cost of tuition and nearly $17 000 CAN to assist with incidental fees and cost of living. As tuition fees may change yearly, you should contact us to ensure you have up-to-date information on fees and guaranteed funding package details.

Master’s students in their second year of study, or PhD students past their fourth year of study are no longer in the funded cohort. This means that they do not receive a funding package. However, students can apply for external and internal scholarships and awards, TA and RA positions. Our students have been very successful in securing these awards. The Department of Geography at UTM is also uniquely positioned to support applications to TA positions for second year Master’s and fourth year+ PhD students. Check out our finances page to learn more.

Applying

Deciding where to undertake graduate research is an important decision, and you must make the choice that’s right for you. Explore what Geography  departments have to offer at several good schools and ask yourself – who are the prospective supervisors, what is their supervision style, how does it fit with your own needs, how does the research expertise of the department fit with your research interests, how do the graduate programs offered fit with your intended career paths, what resources are available?

In our opinion, the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga offers excellent MA, MSc and PhD programs in geography, provides supervision from respected researchers, and supports its students with excellent funding and other resources. Our tight-knit community is just one more resource that ensures graduate studies will be a success. We encourage you to check out the programs we offer, our financial support, our graduate supervisors, and our current graduate student profiles to see what’s going on in the Department. 

The application deadline for September 2019 admission into programs in Geography is January 22nd 2018. The application information and application fee must be submitted by this date. Supporting documentation can be submitted up until January 31st 2018.

No, the posted deadlines apply to all applicants.

All applications should be received by the application deadlines. If you missed the application deadline you cannot submit the on-line application until you receive approval from the graduate unit (Department of Geography). You must contact the Department of Geography (and your prospective supervisor) to discuss your options. Check the SGS website to find out more.

Yes, you are assigned an applicant number and password when you start the SGS online application. If you plan to apply to more than one program, you can add a “new application” from the payment section of the online application.​ Please note that an application fee is applied to each program you select, unless otherwise indicated. Check out the SGS website for more information.

The application fee is $120 CAN. This fee is applied to each program to which you apply.

The Department of Geography encourages an interdisciplinary approach to its graduate programs. We are happy to accept students from various backgrounds, so you do not need to have a degree in geography to apply. We do recommend, however, that you have at least 4 full-credit equivalents (FCE) in Geography or a related field.

In exceptional cases and at the discretion of the department, admission to the PhD program by direct entry may be approved for applicants with an overall A average and appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. If you are considering this option you should speak with your prospective supervisor to understand all the implications and requirements of this route.

No, we do not require GRE scores. If submitted, they will not be reviewed.

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for English language facility prior to the application deadline. Unfortunately, if you do not achieve this score your application will not be considered.

Advise the recipient to check their junk mail folder as sometimes the email can be mislabeled as spam. Applicants can resend the email to their references through the online system. If there was an error in the contact information you provided you must contact graduate.geography@utoronto.ca with the following information and we can change the reference for you: (a) name of referee to be removed (b) name and contact information of new referee (university, telephone and email), and (c) their relationship to you (e.g. former professor, master’s supervisor, internship supervisor, etc.).

Applicants should request a transcript from all the institutions that they attended, even programs were not completed or are currently in progress.

If possible,  students should request that the university send their transcripts directly to the department (graduate unit) to which they are applying. It should be a sealed (unbroken) and, preferably signed envelope. The envelope should be signed and stamped by the registrar or by an authorized official of your school/college/university. The transcript should be sent directly to the Department of Geography (not the School of Graduate Studies).

If the university will only release the academic transcript directly to you, please request that they are sent in a sealed envelope. Do not open the envelope, and sent it directly to the Department of Geography.

We highly recommend that you contact supervisors you would be interested in working with before completing your application. Speaking with a prospective supervisor can help ensure that your application receives adequate attention in the application consideration process. The best way to reach out to our faculty is through the contact information provided on our faculty pages.

Admissions

Decisions are made by a tri-campus Admissions Committee composed of faculty members in both physical and human geography. When considering the application the status will change to “Under Review” at which point it will be made available to all graduate faculty members in addition to the Admissions Committee. All faculty members, especially those identified as potential supervisors, are invited to provide feedback. The Committee considers the following aspects of the application (in the order listed):

  • Transcript
    • Grades (CGPA of the last 24months)
    • Relevant courses/experience
  • Letters of reference
  • Quality of research statement
  • Curriculum Vitae/resume (awards, publications, professional experience)

When you receive your acceptance letter, you will be provided with instructions on accepting your offer. Included in your acceptance letter is a confirmation form that must be returned to the graduate unit (Department of Geography) to indicate whether you choose to accept or decline your offer.

If you choose to accept your offer, simply follow the instructions and remain in contact with your supervisor for any questions you might have.

Unfortunately, because of the nature of the funding and variation in the availability of supervisors you cannot defer your acceptance.

Once you accept your offer of admission and register for your program you can affiliate with UTM. You can affiliate by completing the form found here and submitting it to the Graduate Administrator at the Office of the Vice-Dean, Graduate.

Affiliating with UTM means that you are eligible for many benefits unique to the UTM campus. Affiliated students are eligible for UTM non-academic incidental fees and eligible to be considered for both the Graduate Student Research Award and the Graduate Student Travel Grants at UTM.

The University of Toronto is a tri-campus institution. Students attending any of the University of Toronto campuses are considered U of T students and may take courses at all three campuses. There is no difference in the transcript or diploma you receive.

By affiliating with a specific campus you are indicating that particular campus is your “home location” and you become eligible for benefits and resources that are unique to that campus. The University of Toronto Mississauga offers many unique benefits to support you through your graduate journey.

In order to affiliate with UTM you must be supervised by a member of the graduate faculty who is on the academic staff at the University of Toronto Mississauga and you should spend the majority of your time researching or teaching at UTM.

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