Why pursue a Master's in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies?
Human activities have caused unprecedented levels of environmental change over the past decades. The human environment has also transformed dramatically over this time as more people settle in cities of ever increasing size. Now more than ever, we need experts who are conscious of the interrelation between the human and the physical geographies to collectively engage with these environments in order to bring about large-scale systemic reforms.
The MSc in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies is located in a collegial learning environment where students develop a broad conception of the environment that is physically, socially, politically and economically constructed. Benefit from an interdisciplinary framework that encourages students in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to consider varied perspectives as they carry out in-depth research on a specific area of interest.
Work under the close supervision of research-active faculty members who have published in numerous prestigious journals. Our researchers have also received the highest honours from the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars and the Canada Research Chairs Program.
Immerse yourself in a diverse region. Montreal and its surrounding areas provide rich sites for fieldwork and analysis, as well as connections to an expansive Francophone network with its own socio-cultural and policy histories.
Join a dynamic cohort of students that includes young scholars and professionals with practical work experience. The research interests of our students cut across multiple fields of human geography, GIS, urban planning, environmental science, government policy and social justice advocacy.
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. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
2. An admission offer will not be issued until a supervisor match has been made. Students are encouraged to review the list of faculty members' field of interests and directly contact those with whom you would like to work.
Our faculty members provide a distinctive and incisive perspective on the world through their research, teaching and graduate training in three core areas: geography, urban studies and urban planning, and environmental science.
The David B. Frost GIS Laboratory is a state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems teaching and individual study computer lab. Computers run the latest version of ArcGIS, as well as support programs for Computer Assisted Design, remote sensing and image editing.
Other facilities available to graduate students include a cartography studio, geology and geomedia labs, an urban planning and design studio, and laboratories dedicated to landscape ecology, river management and climate modelling.
Geograds represents all graduate students in the Department of Geography, Planning & Environment at Concordia University. In addition to organizing social events, Geograds co-sponsors seminars, provides informal mentoring for undergraduate students, and works in collaboration with the Geography Undergraduate Student Society and the Urban Planning Association.
Graduate students are also deeply involved in a variety of organizations on campus, including Sustainable Concordia, the Concordia Greenhouse, Loyola Farm, the Hive Café Co-op, Frigo Vert and the People’s Potato.
Our alumni are highly sought after by independent consultancies, municipalities, research evaluation firms, universities, CEGEPs, GIS firms, non-governmental organizations and high schools. Recent graduates are working as engineers, GIS analysts and cartographers, planners, research analysts, instructors, managers, and tutors.
Examples of organizations and institutions our alumni are currently working for include:
City of Calgary
City of Kingston
City of London
City of Moncton
EEM Sustainable Management
Kamloops Regional Farmers’ Market Society
Qingdao Transportation Planning and Design Institute
Many graduates also choose to continue their studies at the Doctoral level.