Graduate student FAQ

View some commonly asked questions you may have about applying for graduate studies in the Department of Geography

We offer thesis-based programs of study leading to MA, MSc, and PhD degrees in a wide range of subject areas within the discipline of Geography. In addition, we offer a course-based MGIS (Master of Geographic Information Systems) degree. Our faculty members have extensive expertise within physical and human geography and geographic methods.

Yes, but there may be special exceptions. Some preparatory coursework may be required.

The first point of contact is the Graduate Program Administrator in Geography geograd@ucalgary.ca. Information may also be found on our graduate program pages.

A four-year Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from the University of Calgary or a recognized institution with a grade point average equivalent to 3.00 or better is required for admission to a Master program. In most cases, a Master Degree or equivalent is required for admission to a Doctoral program. In addition to the Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, please view the Department of Geography requirements.

There are a variety of scholarships and awards administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship Office. See below for eligibility criteria, deadlines, and application instructions. 

Departmental funding is available on a competitive basis to outstanding thesis-based students in the form of teaching assistantships and Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarships.

Yes, please refer to the Graduate Students' Association website.

Department of Geography graduate students have a shared office research space.

Yes, and a brief explanation of how your subject area relates to their research interest. Please refer to our Meet Our Faculty, Contact, and Research Group pages.

Once in the MGIS program, it is not unusual for students to discover whole new areas that fascinate them, and to want to move in that direction. If this is the case, once in your program you may apply to change Supervisors.

If you have a three-year degree and have done additional course work at a college or technical institution, you may be considered.

In your application, you need to include a general statement of interest about what you wish to research and which faculty member you are going to work with. Include: background and relevance, research question, data accessibility, related interest and support within industry, faculty supervisor, courses of interest.

The Department will accept a four-year BA or BSc in Geography or in any related field that makes use of spatial data.

If you do not meet the minimum academic requirements on your undergraduate degree but have completed additional course work and/or have extensive industry experience in a field related to GIS, the department may consider your application.

Masters degree programs normally takes 20 to 24 months to complete, however, you have six years to finish the program.

MA, MSc and PhD: January 5th for September.

MGIS: Applications from Canadian and permanent residents for September are accepted on an on-going basis up until July 31. International students must apply by April 30.

The MGIS is a Master Degree. The work is at a graduate, university level. Each student must complete their own research, and must meet all qualifications and demands of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. A certificate program usually requires mastery of the technology and procedures of GIS, and does not focus on theory and independent research.

Check the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the most current information on tuition and general fees.

Yes. We have MGIS graduates enrolled in PhD programs across Canada. Although the program is course-based, your research and communication skills are developed and honed while conducting the mandatory research project. However, if you have an interest in applying for a specific PhD program, it is always wise to check with the Graduate Advisor to ensure your qualifications are recognized and accepted by that academic institution.

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