Welcome Prospective Graduates
The Department supports graduate studies in both human and physical geography. Graduate training and research in the Department has usually focussed on the areas of regional development and environmental studies with thesis topics formulated within a northern Canada or Prairie setting. However, a wide range of problems have been examined in graduate heses over the years. The most important factor in developing a thesis research topic is the availability of faculty qualified to supervise the work. Potential students are encouraged to contact faculty who appear to have research interests similar to their own.
The graduate program offered by the Department has three areas of specialization: physical, human, technical and planning. Each of these areas is subdivided into major and minor fields. Normally, both Ph.D. and Master's degrees are awarded in the major fields while only a Master's degree is awarded in the minor fields. Graduate students are usually provided with individual study space (carrels or shared offices) within the department. The department has laboratories devoted to biogeography, geomorphology and hydrology, northern development, and computer cartography and Geographical Information Systems.
All applicants for graduate studies are evaluated on the basis of their academic record assessed from transcripts of previous university work, letters of reference, and their compatibility with the research activities of the Department. The general research interests of the faculty of the Department are listed on the Department's Graduate Program poster. A further indication of the research activities of the Department is provided by the list of recent graduate student theses defended and on the individual faculty webpages (located on the People page from the top menu).