Why pursue a Master's in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies?
The MSc in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies provides students with the theoretical foundation and analytical tools they need to better understand human interventions in the environment.
The MSc program provides a stimulating intellectual environment in which students are encouraged to explore multidisciplinary perspectives. Students examine and apply various conceptual and methodological frameworks that fall within three broad environmental categories:
Natural or bio-physical environment
Human, cultural or behavioural environment
Urban, built or designed environment
MSc students develop their own research methodologies while working with faculty members and other graduate students on a shared thematic issue or particular scholarly focus, such as geographic information systems (GIS), sustainable communities or environmental change.These research collaborations involve reflection, discussion and critical analysis of ideas and information from pertinent scientific literature.
MSc students tailor their course and research options to accommodate their individual interests and career goals.
Admission Requirements. The normal requirements for admission into the MSc (Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies) are a minimum GPA of 3.30 in a BA or BSc in Geography, Planning, or Environmental Science, or an equivalent degree in a related field of study from a recognized university. Applicants are selected on the basis of a sound undergraduate academic record, strong letters of recommendation, and a convincing statement of purpose which clearly describes their academic interest in the program and intended area of research. In addition, admission is contingent on the availability of an appropriate faculty member in the Department to serve as supervisor. Some applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be required to take a qualifying program. Others may be required to complete certain prerequisite courses in addition to the regular graduate program.
Proficiency in English. Any student applying from outside Canada whose first language is other than English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by writing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtaining a minimum score of 95 on the TOEFL iBT or 587 on TOEFL PBT.
Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.