Our Programs

Our research-based graduate programs in geography offer excellent opportunities for field-based research on a diverse range of topics in various geographical locations, from the Arctic to the global South, from mountain glaciers to the ocean floor. Researchers at Memorial are active and widely published, and graduate students are an integral part of their research programs. For information about research in geography at Memorial, check out our most recent Geography Research Report.

The Master of Arts and Master of Science programs are thesis-based programs, and may be completed through full-time or part-time study. Students in these programs complete at least four courses and conduct research, fieldwork and thesis writing under the direction of a supervisory committee composed of supervisor(s) and committee member(s). Each candidate will also present a seminar on their research in the department. Detailed procedures and regulations for thesis preparation at Memorial are available from the School of Graduate Studies.

The master’s program offers excellent preparation for further study, or for professional opportunities in the public and private sectors, as well as non-governmental organizations.

The PhD program in Geography offers the opportunity for advanced study, research and writing, leading to a doctoral dissertation. PhD applicants must have completed either a Master of Arts or a Master of Science degree, or its equivalent, in Geography or a related discipline. Under the supervision of a committee of faculty members, the PhD student will complete:

  • coursework (usually Geography 6000 and 6001);
  • a comprehensive examination of knowledge in their field(s) of research;
  • a research proposal approved by the student’s committee;
  • and the preparation and oral defense of a dissertation based on their research.

Successful PhD graduates in Geography move on to postdoctoral researcher positions; university faculty positions and other teaching posts; and work in the public, private and NGO sectors.