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Submitted by darmstro on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:26pm

The Department of Geography offers students the opportunity to undertake thesis-based graduate studies leading to MA, M. Sc. and PhD degrees. We also offer international students the opportunity to come to our department as Visiting Students.

Submitted by darmstro on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:58pm

MA & MSc Program Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for the MA and MSc degrees, satisfactory progress in the department's MA and MSc programs includes the following:

  • First year students must attend the Geography Department Orientation (scheduled prior to the start of Fall or Winter classes)
  • Completion of four courses in a two­ year period including one of GEOG 697.01 or GEOG 699.01 and at least one methods course in geography (one ­of the four courses may be taken outside of Geography). The student shall receive course instruction from at least two Geography faculty members during the first year in the program but not more than one 600 or 700 level readings course by a single professor may count toward the degree
  • Four semesters of GEOG 601 Graduate Research Seminar
  • Filing an approved thesis proposal on or before the end of the twelfth month in program; within this requirement the student should be proficient in analytical methods to the level expected following the completion of a half course in analytical methods (GEOG 339 or equivalent)
  • Participation in the annual Department Conference (scheduled for MA / MSc students in the second year of their program in mid-March).
  • The normal duration of an MA / MSc program would be 24 months. Full-time status is expected.

PhD

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for PhD degrees, satisfactory progress in the department's PhD program includes the following:

  • First year students must attend the Geography Department Orientation in first semester (scheduled prior to the start of Fall or Winter classes)
  • Completion of two of the four Geography Graduate Seminar courses during the first two years in program (GEOG 697.01 or GEOG 699.01)
  • Four semesters of GEOG 601 Graduate Research Seminar
  • Filing an approved dissertation proposal at least four months before the completion of the Field of Study Examination that should be held within 24 months of initial registration
  • Participation in the annual Department Conference Department Conference (scheduled for PhD students in their third year in program in mid-March)
  • The normal duration of a PhD program would be 36-48 months
  • Students are expected to meet the admission requirements; performance, course and progression requirements; and examination, residence and thesis/dissertation requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Progress in program is monitored closely by the department graduate coordinator and department head in conjunction with the supervisor or supervisory committee
  • Guidelines for Graduate Students

Degree options

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Science (MSc)
  • Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS)

Questions?

Graduate Program Administrator
geograd@ucalgary.ca

Graduate Program Director
Greg McDermid
ES 320
403-220-4780
mcdermid@ucalgary.ca

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