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 study environmental processes, patterns and change linked to human impacts on climate, ecosystems and resources.

Collaborative Specializations in Accessibility, African Studies (MA only), Climate Change (MA and MSc), Latin American and Caribbean Studies (MA only) and Data Science (MA, MSc thesis only) are available.

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.

Research Themes

  • Environmental sustainability (MA & MSc)
  • Cities and urban transformations (MA)
  • Social and political change (MA)
  • Innovative research methodologies (MA & MSc)
  • Physical Geography (MSc)
  • Geomatics (MSc)

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Emilie Cameron: Critical Northern geographies; Geographies of resource extraction, empire, labour
  • Elyn Humphreys: 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

Program Information

Length: 2 years

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: February 1

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Contact: Graduate Supervisor, Jennifer Ridgley

Pathway Options: Thesis,
Research Essay (MA only)

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