Geography

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We are one of Canada’s leading graduate programs in Geography. Our recognized strength is in both biophysical processes and in critical human geography.

Your fellow students are engaged in fieldwork from the High Arctic to South Africa to Southeast Asia, as well as in York’s hydrology, GIS/remote sensing, climatology and biogeochemistry labs.

You’ll join a group of 65 students supervised by more than 30 professors whose area of expertise is linked to research institutes including the City Institute, Global Labour Research Center, the Centre for Refugee Studies, the Centre for Feminist Research, York Centre for Asian Research, and the Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean. All of our graduate student receive financial support in the form of assistantships or scholarships. Most of our students also receive support for their fieldwork from graduate faculty members' research grants.

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Areas of interest include biogeography, migration, wetlands, political ecology, global connections, place and identity, GIS and remote sensing, feminist geography, urbanism, northern environments, international development, political economy, transnationalism, and labour. The spirit of sustainability and social justice animates the research work conducted by the community of graduate faculty and current students.

The Geography Graduate Student Association has an active social program and promotes the interests of Geography graduates in the University.

Degrees Offered

MA

2 year(s)
  • Major research paper
  • OR Thesis
B
  • Full-time
2020-01-15
Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB

MSc

2 year(s)
  • Major research paper
  • OR Thesis
B
  • Full-time
2020-01-15
Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB

PhD

5 year(s)
  • Comprehensive examination(s)
  • AND Dissertation
B+
  • Full-time
2020-01-15
Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB

Additional Admission Requirements

Number of Recommendation(s)

  • (PhD) 3 recommendation(s)
  • (MA, MSc) 2 recommendation(s)

Other Requirements

  • MA/MSc:
    • Statement of research interests (250 words)
    • Resumé or CV, including a list of courses in which you are enrolled at present and/or employment since the award of your most recent university degree.
  • PhD:
    • Statement of research interests (500 words)
    • Major paper or thesis chapter (30-page maximum)
    • Resumé or CV



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