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Geography (MA)


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Our Master of Arts (MA) in Geography is a two-year program offered by the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography. The collaboration between our universities makes us the third-largest graduate geography program in Canada, and our program is enhanced by a number of research centres and groups, including the Laurier Institute for Water Science, the Cold Regions Research Centre and the International Migration Research Centre.

You can benefit from the breadth and depth of the expertise of our faculty and your fellow graduate students in this rich intellectual environment. Our joint program allows you to explore a range of research interests, from the analysis of pressing social and environmental problems to theoretical questions of philosophical and technical importance.  

The MA in Geography program is ideal if you’re interested in human geography, environmental and resource management, or the societal applications of geomatics. We also offer a Master of Environmental Studies and a Master of Science in Geography.

Program Options

The thesis option requires you to complete nine units of credit: five courses and the thesis (four credits). The thesis option is normally completed in six terms (two years).

The research paper option requires you to complete 10 units of credit: eight courses and the research paper (two credits). The research paper option is normally completed in three terms (one year).

Either option is available both full- and part-time students.

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Contact Us:

Brent Wolfe, Graduate Coordinator

E: bwolfe@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3470

General Inquiries

E: jdrowns@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2325

Faculty and Staff


Funding

  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000). 
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive an average of $14,500 a year. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Faculty teaching in the MA in Geography support a wide range of research interests in human geography, such as:

  • food systems
  • spatial behaviour and human activity patterns
  • sustainable transportation
  • immigration and population
  • ethnicity, gender and cultural transformation
  • geographies of health, disease and road safety
  • historical heritage and landscape studies
  • local labour markets and changing work arrangements
  • local and community economic development
  • development and socioeconomic implications
  • tourism planning, marketing and management
  • the history of geographic and environmental thought
  • geographic education

Requirements

  • A four-year honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in geography or related program.
  • A minimum B average.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests, a writing sample and letters of reference.

Careers

MA students who recently completed our program are currently employed by:

  • Government of Canada
  • Metrolinx/GO Transit (Route analyst)
  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation (Development officer)
  • Peel Region (Planner)
  • Waterloo Region District School Board (Senior planner)
  • Private industry (Global Spatial Technology Solutions)
  • University of Waterloo (Admissions officer; research assistant)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ESL facilitator)

Additionally, some have gone on to further education, such as doctoral programs, teacher’s college and law school.

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