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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, MSc 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:

  • Completion of 12 units 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, and no more than one 600 - 700 level readings course by a single professor may count toward the degree
  • Completion of 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 relevant to their research area to the level expected following the completion of a half course in analytical methods (GEOG 339 or equivalent)
  • Research Presentation at the annual Department Conference (scheduled for MA / MSc students in the second year of their program in March).
  • The normal duration of an MA / MSc program is 24 months. Full-time status is expected.

PhD Program Requirements

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 their first semester (scheduled prior to the start of Fall or Winter classes)
  • Completion of 6 units in the first two years of the program, including one of GEOG 697.01 or GEOG 699.01
  • Four semesters of GEOG 601 Graduate Research Seminar
  • Completion of an approved thesis proposal within the first 20 months of the program
  • Completion of Field of Study Examination within the first 24 months of the program
  • Research Presentation at the annual Department Conference scheduled for PhD students in their third year in March
  • The normal duration of a PhD program is 36-48 months
  • 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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