The MA Program in Geography is hosted by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.
The Master of Arts program in Geography is open to students from both major streams of the discipline (human and physical), and serves the region’s growing demand for advanced study in the discipline. The program is designed:
The degree combines both coursework and thesis, but the primary focus will be on the production of an original research thesis. Thesis work is weighted at 12 credit-hours, with additional required courses and elective courses at 6 credit-hours each.
In addition to the general requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, the normal qualification for entry will be an honors B.A. or B.Sc. degree in Geography, or an honors degree in a cognate discipline with substantial course content relevant to geography, or a degree which the department deems to be equivalent (to include, at minimum, a cumulative grade point average of at least B). At the discretion of the department, a student may be admitted to the program subject to the satisfactory completion of prescribed qualifying work.
Full-time students admitted to the program may be eligible for funding administered by Saint Mary’s University. Funding recommendations are made by the program All successful applicants are automatically considered for graduate funding. Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships.
Note: Students not registered in any course work but working on their Program/Thesis must register in Program Continuation (Prog Registration/Continuation (FGSR 9000)) for every semester (including summer) in which they are in their graduate program.
See the FGSR Program Requirements in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar and below.
The Graduate Program Coordinator will work with all Master’s students from the earliest stages of their participation in the graduate program to determine the area of a thesis topic and to select a thesis supervisor. The thesis supervisor will be the Graduate Faculty Advisor for the duration of a given student’s participation in the program.
For the Master of Arts in Geography, all students must complete an acceptable thesis. It is not possible to satisfy the requirement for a thesis by means of extra course work. Detailed requirements for the degree are:
Which may include Graduate Practicum (GEOG 6004), 3 credit-hours.
GEOG 6000, GEOG 6001, GEOG 6002, and electives are taken in the first year.
GEOG 6003 is taken in the second year.
Students are required to meet the following thesis requirements:
For the minimum and maximum time-for-completion of the MA in Geography, see the table associated with FGSR Academic Regulation 19 in this Academic Calendar.
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