Program at a Glance

DEGREE: 

Master of Arts (M.A.)

FIELDS OF STUDY:

Environmental Geography and Resource Management

Urban/Economic Geography

Historical/Social/Cultural Geography

PROGRAM COMPONENTS:

Coursework

Research

Defense

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS:

Full-time

Part-time

FACULTY: 

Arts and Science

STUDY OPTIONS:

Thesis

Major Research Paper (MRP)

DURATION:

1-2 years

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

Students have the option to enrol according to a full-time status or a part-time status. Program duration may vary depending on enrolment status.

Full-time

Students registered as “full-time” must be engaged in their studies on a full-time basis (i.e. as their full-time occupation) and must be available to visit the campus regularly. If an extended absence from the University is required, students must apply to their graduate unit for permission for an extended leave. Time limits for completing studies as a full-time student are listed under degree requirements at the School of Graduate Studies.

Part-time

Some Master’s programs (including Geography) are offered to part-time students. A student enrolled in part-time studies may, over the academic year, take a maximum of one-third of the annual program requirements. A student registered as part-time is subject to the minimum degree fee (see the School of Graduate Studies website for information on enrollment regulations). Transfer from part-time to full-time studies requires approval of the graduate unit. Time limits for completing studies as a part-time student are listed under degree requirements at the School of Graduate Studies.

FIELDS OF STUDY

The Masters of Art program includes studies focused in any field of human geography, including sub-fields of environmental geography and resource management, urban and economic geography, and cultural, social or historical geography. Given the interdisciplinary nature of geography, the area of research that you choose to pursue can span more than one of these subfields.

 

Environmental Geography and Resource Management includes topics such as:

 

  • Environmental Assessment

  • Natural Resource Policy

  • Urban Environmental Management

  • Waste Management

  • Global Environmental Issues

  • Sustainable Development

  • Land Use

  • Energy Management

 

 

Urban/Economic Geography includes application of the following:

 

  • Capital Theory and Change in Regional Development

  • Regional Dynamics

  • Labour Markets and Impact of Technological Change

  • Canadian Industrial Development

  • Urban Growth and Change

  • Urban Systems

  • Housing and Housing Policy

  • Transportation Geography

 

 

Cultural/Social/Historical Geography includes application of the following:

 

  • Historical Geography of Canada, the United States

  • Historical Urban Geography (i.e. Toronto, North American Cities)

  • Historical Geography of Financial Districts

  • Urban Social Geography

  • Social Policy and Political Theory

  • Housing and Homelessness

  • Feminist Geography

  • Community Development

 

STUDY OPTIONS

Students enrolled in a Master's level degree have the option to pursue their studies under a Thesis option or a Major Research Paper (MRP) option. Program requirements in each component vary according to the study option selected. See details under program components and requirements below.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS & REQUIREMENTS

Coursework (1.5 Full Credit Equivalents)

  • Human Geography Core Course (0.5 FCE)
  • Elective Course in Geography (0.5 FCE)
  • Elective Course from inside or outside Geography (0.5 FCE)

It is recommended that coursework be completed in year one.

Research 

Research Proposal: students must submit a research proposal to their supervisor by March 1st in year one. The research proposal must be 2500-4000 words and address:

  • Outline of topic and research questions
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Proposed timeline for completion (including breakdown of research, writing and defense)

Annual Report:  this report form must be submitted to the graduate office in the fall of year two.

Thesis and Oral Defense:  students must complete a thesis, to be defended through a departmental oral exam before a committee of at least two graduate faculty members (one of whom must be from Geography) in addition to the supervisor(s).

Thesis manuscripts are approximately 100 pages in length, documenting the results of independent research conducted under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Once the final thesis (and any required revisions, as determined by the committee) are completed, the manuscript must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies and the Department. Information concerning manuscript formatting, electronic submission and copyright is available at the SGS website.

*Students enrolled in a collaborative specialization should consult the collaborative specializations page for additional requirements.

Coursework (3.0 Full Credit Equivalents)

  • Human Geography Core Course (0.5 FCE)
  • Elective Course in Geography (1.5 FCE)
  • Elective Course from inside or outside Geography (1.0 FCE total; 0.5 from outside Geography)

It is recommended that coursework be completed in year one.

Research 

Research Proposal: students must submit a research proposal to their supervisor by May 15th in year one. The research proposal must be 2500-4000 words and address:

  • Outline of topic and research questions
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Proposed timeline for completion (including breakdown of research, writing and defense)

Annual Report:  this report form must be submitted to the graduate office in the fall of year two.

Major Research Paper:  students must complete a major research paper of 40-50 pages, which must be defended at a departmental oral examination before a committee of at least two graduate faculty members (one must be from geography) in addition to the supervisor(s). Once the final paper (and any required revisions, as determined by the committee) are completed, the manuscript must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies and the Department. Information concerning manuscript formatting, electronic submission and copyright is available at the SGS website.

*Students enrolled in a collaborative specialization should consult the collaborative specializations page for additional requirements.

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