Geography

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Engage in deep scholarship on the relationships between spaces, people and places. Graduate students admitted into the Geography program join a community of internationally recognized scholars offering one-on-one supervision and small graduate seminars. The program offers a judicious mix of course work and investigation that is tailored to meet the needs of each student's research endeavour. Faculty have extensive experience with physical and human geography, as well as geographic methods. With a campus located in Alberta's open prairies at the foot of the stunning Rocky Mountains, the University of Calgary offers students an incomparable location to pursue advanced study in Geography.

Students are normally admitted to the Fall term. However, off-cycle admissions may also be considered on an individual basis, but will require alternate funding arrangements. Program funding will only be distributed in the competition for Fall admissions. Please contact the program for details

Completing this program

  • Seminars: Students will participate in four semesters of graduate research seminars.
  • Conference: Students will participate in the annual department conference.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
  • Courses: Topics may include remote sensing, statistical methods, spatial analysis and modelling, geocryology, fluvial geomorphology and others.
  • Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.

Outcomes

Cartographer, commercial/residential surveyor, environmental consultant, planning and development surveyor, teacher, planner, demographer, community developer, resource management specialist, municipal advisor, development officer.

A PhD in geography is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Courses

Two courses and four graduate research seminars

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four years full-time; six years maximum

Supervisor

A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before the student applies for admission

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.


  1. Michael A Colicos

    Michael A. Colicos

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    Neuroscience
  2. Faizal Abdul-Careem

    Faizal Abdul-Careem

    Accepting Inquiries
    Avian viral immunology
  3. Psychiatry

    Jean Addington

    Accepting Inquiries
    Risk for Serious Mental Illness
  4. Michael Adorjan

    Michael Adorjan

    Accepting Inquiries
    youth and cyber risk, fear of crime, perceptions of police, social construction of youth crime, social construction of social problems
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    James Agarwal

    Accepting Inquiries
    Marketing; Consumer Psychology, Marketing Ethics; Global Marketing; Marketing Research, Statistical Methodology
  6. Roberto Aguilera

    Roberto Aguilera

    Unavailable
    Tight Oil and Unconventional Gas, Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
  7. Shelley Alexander

    Shelley Alexander

    Accepting Inquiries
    Human-Animal Relationships, Conservation and Geospatial Science
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    Usman Alim

    Accepting Inquiries
    Visualization and Computer Graphics
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    Ozouf Sénamin Amedegnato

    Accepting Inquiries
    Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Linguistics-Literature Interface, Émile Benveniste
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    Todd Anderson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Atherosclerosis, lipids, endothelial function

Admission requirements


GPA

A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A master’s degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples

None

Documents

  • A proposal describing applicant’s intended research area
  • A C.V

Reference letters

Two (one of the references must be from your master's supervisor)

Test scores

None


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

Canadians and permanent residents - apply by January 5 | submit all supporting documents by January 15

International students - apply by January 5 | submit all supporting documents by January 15

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Geography

Earth Sciences Building, Room 356

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

403.220.7131

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Visit the Faculty of Arts website