Geography

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

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 an assistantship. Most of our students also receive support for their fieldwork from graduate faculty members' research grants.

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.

MA

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Major research paper OR
  • Thesis
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 2 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    January 11, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    PhD

    3

    MA, MSc

    2

    Other Requirement(s)
    • 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
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    MSc

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Major research paper OR
    • Thesis
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 2 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    January 11, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    PhD

    3

    MA, MSc

    2

    Other Requirement(s)
    • 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
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    PhD

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 5 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    Application Deadline(s)
    January 11, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    PhD

    3

    MA, MSc

    2

    Other Requirement(s)
    • 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
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3