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Graduate Programs



Applying for Admission to our Geography Graduate Program?



Details on the Geography Graduate Program  can be found here:
http://www.wlu.ca/calendars/department.php?cal=3&d=1231&s=585&y=58.

It is recommended that you contact one or more potential supervisor(s) in your area of interest to discuss research opportunities. Faculty and their research interests can be viewed here:  http://www.wlu.ca/fac_listing.php?grp_id=149.

If you are applying as an International Student, here is a link to Funding and other important information: http://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=36&p=628

And finally, International Students should visit our Laurier International Office: http://www.wlu.ca/laurierinternational.

Please don't hesitate to contact our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Brent Wolfe (bwolfe@wlu.ca) or Jo-Anne Horton (johorton@wlu.ca) if you have questions.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

Admission Requirements

There are two routes of entry into the doctoral program. The first requires a masters degree in geography or equivalent. Normally only a masters student with an A- average on all graduate work will be admitted. The second route allows exceptional students to enter the PhD program directly from the masters program. Such applicants must have completed all MA/MES requirements except the thesis, have demonstrated a superior academic record and have satisfied other conditions (details of which can be obtained from the Director of the Program).

Coursework

The course load at the doctoral level is normally one research seminar (selected from Geography 600, 620, 640, 660), and Geography 691. Additional coursework may be assigned subject to the needs of individual candidates.

While in residence, all doctoral candidates are expected to attend colloquia and guest lectures. All doctoral candidates in the Waterloo-Laurier Geography Graduate Program are required to give a seminar in a class setting after completion of the comprehensive examination and before defending their dissertations.

Masters Programs

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Masters Programs should hold an undergraduate honours degree or equivalent, with at least a full B standing. Normally, the undergraduate degree will be in Geography, but applicants are welcome from superior students regardless of background. However, applicants must demonstrate that they have the necessary background to pursue graduate work in their field of specialization. We offer four fields of specialization: Environmental and Resource Management, Environmental Science, Geomatics, and Human Geography.

For international students, additional requirements are detailed on the Graduate Studies website
http://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=36&p=628

Degrees and Types of Programs

The Geography Graduate Program offers the following degrees:

Master of Arts (MA) — Thesis stream or Research Paper stream; full-time or part-time

Master of Environmental Studies (MES) — Thesis stream or Research Paper stream; full-time or part-time

Master of Science (MSc) — Thesis stream, normally full-time only

Thesis Stream Requirements

The thesis stream requires a total of 9 units as follows:

Geography 691 (1 unit)

Research Seminar (1 unit)

3 Other Courses (3 units)

Thesis (4 units)

Normally, students are required to complete the degree requirements in 6 terms (2 years).

The thesis committee consists of a Supervisor plus one additional member (or 2 co-supervisors). When the student has completed the thesis, the Graduate Officer in consultation with the Supervisor will approve 2 additional `readers` to participate in the thesis defense.

For a research thesis, students have two options: a normal, traditional thesis or a manuscript option. Students are advised to consider the normal thesis route. In exceptional circumstances, a student may decide to take the manuscript option.

Research Paper Stream Requirements

The research paper stream requires a total of 10 units as follows:

Geography 691 (1 unit)

2 Research Seminars (2 units)

5 Other Courses (5 units)

Research Paper (2 units)

Normally, students are required to complete the degree requirements in 3 terms (1 year).

Each research-paper student works one-one-one with an approved Supervisor. When the student has completed the research paper, the Graduate Officer in consultation with the Supervisor will approve 1 additional ‘reader’ to participate in the paper defense.