The Geography MA offers the opportunity to investigate how elements of place, space and environment interact with one another to explain human activities. Students are encouraged to identify and explore a particular problem under the guidance of one or more knowledgeable members of the faculty.

The Geography MSc offers the opportunity for students to practice integrative science, by drawing upon two or more traditional disciplines such as biology, physics and chemistry in order to enhance their understanding of the natural world.

We also offer collaborative master’s degrees in Data Science and African Studies

Capital Advantage

Ottawa is rich in study resources vital to the geographer, such as the National Library of Canada, the National Archives of Canada, the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Statistics Canada and various other federal government departments. Numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also have their head offices in Ottawa. Research and career possibilities are just down the road.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Emilie Cameron: Critical Northern geographies; Geographies of resource extraction, empire, labour
  • Elyn Humphries: Soil-plant-atmosphere interactions; Leaf level studies
  • Derek Mueller: Glaciology of ice shelves; Impacts of Arctic climate change
  • Derek Smith: Mapping Indigenous knowledge; Traditional geographic knowledge; Latin America and Canada
  • Jill Wigle: Informal housing and human settlement in Latin America; Urban planning in Latin America & Canada

Fields of Specialization

  • Human Geography (MA)
  • Land Resource Use, Management, and Appraisal (MA)
  • Geomatics (MSc)
  • Physical Geography (MSc)

Contact Info:

Graduate Supervisor: Elyn Humphreys