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Geography (MA)

Geography (MA)

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Our Master of Arts (MA) in Geography is offered by the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography. The collaboration between our universities makes us the third-largest graduate geography program in Canada.

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 can be completed as a two-year degree with thesis, or via a major research paper option. As of September 2021, Laurier-registered students can also choose to complete the Environmental Data Analytics (ENDA) field.

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.

Contact Us:

General Inquiries

T: 519.884.0710 x2325

Margaret Walton-Roberts, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.884.0710 x2967

Faculty and Staff


  • 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


  • 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.


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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