“U of T was my first choice for my PhD studies in urban geography because it offered an unbeatable combination of resources: professors who were actively researching and engaging in public policy debates; the multi-faceted laboratory that is the Greater Toronto Area; and unparalleled libraries.”
– Wendy Burton
The University of Toronto graduate program in geography is present on three campuses: the St. George Campus in downtown Toronto, the Mississauga Campus and the Scarborough Campus. Our graduate faculty explore the processes that shape and define our physical and social environments. A key strength of the department is that it spans traditional lines of social and environmental sciences, while developing and utilizing advanced geospatial approaches to characterize patterns over time and space. Our department comprises more than 50 faculty members and offers our masters and doctoral students an extraordinary breadth of expertise and resources to tackle exciting and challenging interdisciplinary research across a very wide range of areas in both the social and natural sciences. Our research clusters include: Cities and Everyday Life; Nature, Society and Environmental Change; Political Spaces; Climate Processes and Climate and Carbon Cycle Modeling; Earth Surface Processes and Hydrology; Paleoclimate and Biogeography.
The department offers MA, MSc. and PhD programs. Master’s degree programs usually take one to two calendar years to complete. Students can choose to complete a thesis or a major research paper. PhD degrees are expected to be completed within four years of initial registration, and require the completion of course work, a PhD comprehensive exam, a research proposal and a final dissertation. The department provides full funding ($15,000 per annum plus tuition) for all PhD students (years one to four) and all students in a Geography Master’s program (for one year).
Our graduates have an impressive record of professional success, accepting positions as university faculty members, researchers in government and non-profit organizations, and knowledge workers more generally in both the public and private sectors.