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Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies PhD

Admission Requirements

  • MA or MSc in Geography, Urban Planning, Environmental Science, or a related field of study from a recognized university.
  • Admission is contingent on the availability of an appropriate faculty member in the Department to serve as supervisor.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of a sound 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.

Upon recommendation by full-time members of the faculty of the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, students registered in the Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies MSC at Concordia University and who have shown themselves to be outstanding through performance in research may apply for permission to proceed directly to doctoral studies. Students transferring from the MSc program will be required to complete 90 credits in addition to the MSc required courses HENV 605 or HENV 610 plus HENV 615.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Geography, Planning and Environment Courses page for course descriptions.

Geography, Urban Environmental Studies PhD (90 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

HENV 801 Pedagogical Training (3.00)
HENV 802 Experiential Learning (3.00)
HENV 805 Research Proposal Seminar (3.00)


credits of Elective Courses:

HENV 605 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (3.00)
HENV 660 Climate Change and Sustainability (3.00)
HENV 665 Special Topics Seminar (3.00)
HENV 675 Community-Based Conservation (3.00)
HENV 680 Advanced Seminar in Environmental Science (3.00)
HENV 690 Seminar in Social and Cultural Geography (3.00)
HENV 610 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (3.00)
HENV 620 Sustainable Transportation (3.00)
HENV 625 Sustainable Resource Management (3.00)
HENV 630 Theories of Society and Space (3.00)
HENV 635 Spatial Analysis (3.00)
HENV 640 (Re)shaping the City (3.00)
HENV 645 Behaviour and the Urban Environment (3.00)
HENV 650 The Political Economy of the City (3.00)
HENV 655 Environmental Modelling (3.00)
HENV 670 Environmental Governance (3.00)



HENV 810 Thesis Proposal (3.00)



HENV 885 Comprehensive Exam (6.00)



HENV 895 Research and Thesis (66.00)

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations. Program Specific Requirements. Students must obtain an assessment grade point average (AGPA) of 3.00 based on a minimum of 6 credits.
  2. Residence. The minimum period of residence is two years (six terms) of full-time graduate study beyond the master’s degree or three years (nine terms) of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent in part-time study) beyond the bachelor’s degree for those students who are permitted to enrol for doctoral studies without completing a master’s degree.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for further details regarding the Time Limits. The expected time to completion for this program is between three and four years.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

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