Program Summary

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.

You will find a list of faculty research project at the following link.  This list will help you identify which faculty share your interests and are potential supervisors.  They also specify whether the faculty person is recruiting graduate students to participate in the project.

The next link leads to a list of some of our alumni.  It gives you an idea of the sorts of careers that our degree have enabled our graduates to pursue.

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:

Graduates from our program have taken up diverse careers, including academic positions, work in the private sector, government, for NGOs, and even politics, in areas such as environment, immigration and refugee work, labour, education, urban planning, peacebuilding and more. To see a sample of what some of our graduates are doing, please see the alumni section of our website.

Program Summary

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 (2018)
The numbers below are the Total to Student income, after payment of tuition, for 2018-19. 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: $18,722
Masters Domestic, no TA: $5,423

Masters International, with TA: $18,722
Masters International, no TA: $5,423

PhD program:
All PhD students are guaranteed a full TAship for 5 years under the current collective agreement with CUPE 3909.

PhD Domestic: $18,723
PhD International: $15,374