Graduate Geography

The graduate program in geography at the University of Toronto offers students an unrivaled environment in which to study the processes creating our social and physical environments.

“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 60 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; Climate Processes and Carbon Cycle Modelling; Earth-Surface Processes and Hydrology; Nature, Society and Environmental Change; Paleoclimate and Biogeography; Political Ecology; Political Spaces; and Transportation.

The department offers MA, MSc and PhD programs. Students can choose to complete a thesis or a major research paper. PhD degrees require the completion of course work, a PhD comprehensive exam, a research proposal and a final dissertation. The department provides a base financial support package 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.