Program Components

Both the Department of Geography and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) set regulations for graduate program components.  It is always good practice to double-check the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar directly regarding each of the items below (links are provided throughout Geography's website to assist).  Those enrolled in the (thesis-based) Collaborative Environment and Sustainability Program and the Migration and Ethnic Relations Program will have additional components to complete.

Masters Program (supervision and examination committees)

Program Components Year 1 Year 2
orientation and retreat                        
diagnostic meetings                        
courses                        
proposal                        
thesis research/writing                        
thesis submit & defence                        

All Masters students are expected to attend the department's speaker series, and are encouraged to attend the Critical Reading Seminar series.

PhD Program (supervision and examination committees)

Program Components Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
orientation and retreat                                                
diagnostic meetings                                                
courses                                                
comprehensive exam(1)                                                
proposal(1)                                                
thesis research/writing                                                
department presentation                                                
conference presentation                                                
thesis submit & defence                                                
(1) proposal completed after comprehensive

All PhD students are expected to attend the department's speaker series, and the critical reading seminar series.