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Geography (PhD)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geography offered by the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Science is a research-intensive program that emphasizes interdisciplinary and comprehensive learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in original thinking, literature synthesis, and scientific communication to pursue professional opportunities in academia or industry.

The program may also be taken as one of the following options:

Environment option: offered in collaboration with the Bieler School of Environment, the program considers how various dimensions (scientific, social, legal, ethical) interact to define environment and sustainability issues.

Gender and Women's Studies option: gives the opportunity to pursue coursework and research focusing on gender and women's studies, and issues in feminist research and methods.

Neotropical Environment option: is aimed at students who wish to focus their graduate research on environmental issues relevant to the Neotropics and Latin American countries. Students will complete their research in Latin America and their core and complementary courses will be taught in Panama.

Unique Program Features

  • Being both a natural and a social science, geography provides a unique opportunity to obtain a broad interdisciplinary exposure to analytical methods to investigate the environmental and situational problems of contemporary society;
  • Typically, the Department offers funding, Fellowships and awards that help support students' field-work/research;
  • The Department's key research areas include Political, Urban, Economic, and Health Geography; Environment and Development; Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing; Land Surface Processes, Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, and Ecohydrology; Earth System Science and Global Change; Sustainability Science and Environmental Management;
  • Faculty members and students conduct research in fields such as climate change impacts, periglacial geomorphology, and forest resource history in regions ranging from the Arctic to Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

PhD in Geography website

Department Contact

Graduate Program grad.geog [at] (subject: PhD%20in%20Geography) (email)

Available Intakes


Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 January 15

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

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