Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Master of Arts in Geography


The Master of Arts in Geography provides opportunities for advanced study in both human and physical geography. Through coursework and thesis, students develop an understanding of interactions between nature and culture, and of processes which create distinct spaces, places, landscapes, and regions. They also develop and apply their skills in mapping, analyzing, and synthesizing spatial phenomena. Geographers are in demand in a wide array of fields, including urban and regional planning, industrial location, marketing, resource development, environmental management, and geomatics.

The degree combines both coursework and thesis, but the primary focus is the production of an original research thesis. Thesis work is weighted at 12 credit-hours, with additional required courses and elective courses at 6 credit-hours each.

 The program is designed:

  • To provide an opportunity for geography degree graduates to undertake Masters level study and research in Geography at a Maritime Provinces university.
  • To provide an opportunity for students to undertake Masters level study and research focused on the geography of the Maritime Provinces.
  • To fully utilize and enhance the research capabilities of faculty members within the Saint Mary’s University Geography department.
  • To fully utilize the research facilities currently existing within the Saint Mary’s University Geography department and its cognate disciplines.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies provides Areas of Specialization in:

  • Climate change vulnerability and adaptation

  • Community-based conservation and citizen science
  • Cultural interpretations of places, landscapes and tourist sites
  • Geomorphometric analysis

  • Natural hazards, environmental change and their human impacts
  • Rural and regional development
  • Urban development and planning

 The benefits of doing an MA in Geography at Saint Mary's:

  • We offer the only Master’s degree in Geography in the Canadian Maritime Provinces
  • Our faculty have strong research records in a broad range of specialties
  • Our faculty place a strong emphasis on applied research and community outreach
  • Geography forms part of the Saint Mary’s School of the Environment, which provides many synergies for study and research
  • Geographers with an MA degree find work in a many fields in both the public and private sectors

 Admission Requirements:

The normal qualification for entry is an honors BA or BSc degree in Geography, or an honors degree in a cognate discipline with substantial course content relevant to geography, or a degree which the department deems to be equivalent (to include, at minimum, a cumulative grade point average of at least B).

Students are required to take one of the standardized English language proficiency tests if their first language is not English, unless they have successfully completed a previous degree totally in English.



For more information about the MA program contact Dr. Mat Novak, Graduate Coordinator.