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Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies (MSc)

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Master of Science (MSc)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
45 credits
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Program overview

The MSc in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies looks at how today's environment is physically, politically and economically constructed. Human activity has caused unprecedented levels of environmental change in the past few decades. Our research-active faculty members have backgrounds in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities and have published in numerous prestigious journals. You will join a dynamic cohort of students that includes young scholars and professionals with practical work experience. The research interests of our students include human geography, GIS, urban planning, environmental science, government policy and social justice advocacy. Montreal and its surrounding areas provide rich sites for fieldwork and analysis, as well as connections to a large francophone network with its own socio-cultural and policy histories. Now more than ever, we need to collectively engage with policy-makers in order to bring about large-scale systemic reforms.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

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

Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies MSC (45 credits)


credits of Required Courses


credits chosen from:

HENV 605 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (3.00)
HENV 610 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (3.00)



HENV 615 Research Proposal Seminar (3.00)
HENV 685 Thesis Proposal (3.00)


credits of Elective Courses chosen from:

GEOG 620 Special Topics in Geography (3.00)
GEOG 625 Directed Studies (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 660 Climate Change and Sustainability (3.00)
HENV 665 Special Topics Seminar (3.00)
HENV 670 Environmental Governance (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 695 Thesis (30.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

Out-of-province students

Get $9,251 in special funding for thesis master's programs. Learn more

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