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Geography (MSc)

In the geography program, you’ll work on important issues affecting society today, like conservation and the changing climate’s effect on human systems. Our MSc program will help you develop your independent research abilities. You’ll write your thesis focusing on a specific area of geography under the supervision of a faculty member.

Our research strengths include:

  • Coastal systems
  • Geomatics
  • Human geography
  • Physical geography
  • Environment and sustainability

You’ll have the opportunity to get out into the field, apply to work as a lab instructor and attend the department’s colloquium presentations and other events.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Master's
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
On-campus
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Outcomes

Students in this program will:

  • acquire an advanced understanding of fundamental concepts and skills in one or more of the major domains of geography
  • design, execute, produce and disseminate original research relevant to the discipline of geography
  • communicate research and data clearly through written, oral and graphic means
  • collaborate and build relationships of respect with communities, colleagues and other research partners
  • learn the role, ethics and responsibilities of a geography researcher

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Cameron Owens

Teaching Professor Historical geographies; environmental assessment and sustainability; experiential learning

Chris Darimont

Professor, Raincoast Research Chair in Applied Conservation Science Conservation science; resource management; wildlife; marine-terrestrial interactions

Chris Bone

Associate Professor Geospatial technologies; spatial simulation modelling; human-environment interactions

Christina Hoicka

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Urban Planning for Climate Change Energy geography; sustainability transitions; diffusion of innovations; renewable energy transformations

CindyAnn Rose-Redwood

Associate Teaching Professor Social geography; global migration; Caribbean studies; international student experiences

Crystal Tremblay

Assistant Professor Environmental governance; participatory community-based research; social justice

Dave Duffus

Associate Professor Whale research

David Atkinson

Professor, Department Chair Climate; weather and human and natural systems; data analysis; modelling; the Arctic

Denise Cloutier

Professor Older adults, health services research; quality of life; long-term care; social isolation; homelessness; mixed methods research; Indigenous methodologies

Eva Kwoll

Assistant Professor Geomorphology; sediment transport; flow-vegetation interaction; bedrock canyons

Ian O'Connell

Teaching Professor Geomatics

Jutta Gutberlet

Professor International community-based development

Kristian Dubrawski

Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Water Sustainability for Indigenous and Rural Communities Water; community; nature-based solutions; techno-ecological synergy

Mark Flaherty

Professor Aquaculture

Maycira Costa

Professor Remote sensing; coastal oceanography; wetlands; biogeophysical processes

Niiyokamigaabaw Deondre Smiles

Assistant Professor Critical Indigenous geographies; human-environmental interaction; political ecology; tribal cultural resource preservation

Noémie Boulanger-Lapointe

Assistant Professor I am interested to better understand ecosystem functioning to solve applied environmental management and conservation issues. My research is interdisciplinary and thrive to create space for a multiplicity of knowledges (Indigenous, local, scientific) in a perspective of ecological and social justice. Spatial modeling is my tool of predilection which I use to synthesize complex information at the landscape to regional scale.

Randall Scharien

Associate Professor, Graduate Advisor Remote sensing; cryosphere with specialization in Arctic sea ice

Reuben Rose-Redwood

Professor, Associate Dean, Academic Social and cultural geography; critical urban studies

Shannon Fargey

Associate Teaching Professor, Undergraduate Advisor Climate; mountain meteorology; hydrology; spatial analysis

Sophia Carodenuto

Assistant Professor Natural resources governance, Global food systems, sustainability, Africa studies

Sophie Norris

Assistant Professor

Teresa Dawson

Teaching Professor, Honours Advisor Geography pedagogy; feminist geographies; learning in community

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Application deadlines

September – apply by January 15
September – apply by January 15

Admission requirements

Program specific requirements

As part of your application, you must submit:

  • a one-page statement about your academic background, the specific area of research you want to study, why you would like to study at UVic and why you wish to work with your potential supervisor
  • a current résumé
  • two reference names and their email addresses
  • post-secondary transcripts

Program specific requirements

As part of your application, you must submit:

  • a one-page statement about your academic background, the specific area of research you want to study, why you would like to study at UVic and why you wish to work with your potential supervisor
  • a current résumé
  • two reference names and their email addresses
  • post-secondary transcripts

Completion requirements

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View the minimum course requirements for this program.

Funding & aid

Tuition & fees

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Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact Sally Johnson at geog2@uvic.ca or 250-721-7350.

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