Our program is among the best in Canada, with exceptional faculty and students actively engaged in research both in the Toronto area and around the world. The list of faculty research projects below gives an idea of what kind of research you might do, and where. At the Master level, we have relatively low course requirements, as we emphasize fieldwork and research training. At the PhD level, you will complete courses and comprehensives within two years, leaving the rest of your time focused on your research and publishing.
We work hard to make our program exceptionally congenial. We hold many events outside of classroom settings such as weekly 'coffee socials', a colloquium series, research days, and reading groups. The social events also include potlucks, barbeques, theatre outings, and ski trips, all of which foster a sociable atmosphere and build lasting friendships.
York University offers funding packages that are as good or better than other Canadian Universities. Below is a summary of the basic funding packages. In addition to basic funding, there are many sources of funding to support your research, including faculty grants and fellowships from the many research centres at York. You can find faculty research projects at the following link: http://geography.gradstudies.yorku.ca/research-projects/
Graduates have many career possibilities ranging from academic or research positions to work in the private sector, government, and non-profits active in areas such as conservation, immigration and refugee work, education, and more.
MA in Critical Human Geography and MSc in Physical Geography:
• Two year degree
• Field research encouraged
• Thesis (four courses required) and MRP (six courses required) options
PhD in Critical Human Geography or Physical Geography
• Four to six year degree
• Comprehensives completed in 5 semesters (less than two years)
• Field Research encouraged, funding available.
Funding Summary (2017)
The numbers below are the Total to Student income, after payment of tuition, for 2017-18. Funding next year are likely to be similar. Details are available at the following link (scroll down to standard funding package details):
In addition to the basic income, funding is available for doing research from various sources, and some students will receive scholarships.
MA and MSc Programs:
Up to now we have been able to provide all Masters student with 1.0 (full) TAships in our program, but that this is not guaranteed. In addition to the basic funding, students with A average also receive scholarships.
Masters Domestic, with full TA: $15,429
Masters Domestic, no TA: $5,784
Masters International, with TA: $12,818
Masters International, no TA: $1,600
All PhD students are guaranteed a full TAship for 6 years under the current collective agreement with CUPE 3909.
PhD Domestic: $17,506
PhD International: $15,372