The usual prerequisite for admission to the Ph.D. program in Geography is a Master’s degree in Geography with at least a B+ average. However, the Graduate Program in Geography will consider exceptional students with a Master’s degree in other fields.

Doctorate of Philosophy

Students registered as Ph.D. I or II Candidates must attend and participate in Geography 5011 1.0: Graduate Colloquium. In addition to Geography 5011 1.0, five half-courses or equivalent, including Geography 5010 3.0 and one of the program's research seminar courses. If a student has already taken 5010 3.0 and a Research Seminar course as a MA/MSc student at York, the supervisory committee will recommend alternative courses which will be counted as equivalent. Courses are selected by candidates with the help of their advisors and at least 3 of the 5 half courses must be offered by the Geography program. A reading course may not be counted as one of the 3 Geography courses. Doctoral students may take a maximum of one reading course. Comprehensive examinations on those aspect of geography and cognate disciplines deemed necessary to the general field in which the candidate is working. Normally three areas are included and the examinations take place during the second year of candidacy.

Presentation and defence of a Dissertation Proposal

Presentation and defence of a dissertation embodying the results of original research.

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