The Department offers research-focused MA/MSc and PhD degrees in Geography. Students may also register in Geography to undertake the MA/MSc/PhD program in Collaborative International Development Studies.
Guaranteed Minimum Stipend
The Department of Geography guarantees full-time graduate students funding. Currently, Master's students are guaranteed a minimum of $16,056 during their first three semesters, and $10,704 for their fourth and fifth semesters. Currently, Doctoral students are guaranteed a minimum of $17,500/year for three years.
Most students receive considerably more than the minimum guaranteed funding amount. During the past three years, average annual funding from all sources for doctoral students was $24,000/year. For Master's students, during the past three years, average total funding from all sources received during their program was $36,600.
Importantly, the guaranteed minimum stipend is meant to support the costs of living and tuition. Advisors normally provide funding over and above the guaranteed minimum stipend to support laboratory and field research.
Sources of Funding
Sources of funding that contribute to the guaranteed minimum funding package include Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs); Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs); major internal and external scholarships that students secure; and other paid employment in the Department as may become available.
The specific composition of each student's funding package is determined based on factors such as their success in acquiring major scholarships, the value of any GRA(s) provided by their advisor, and their eligibility for GTAs.
Awards and Scholarships
Graduate students are expected to make a reasonable effort to apply for awards and scholarships. Certain awards and scholarships will count towards the minimum funding guarantee, while others will be over and above the guaranteed amount.
In order for the minimum financial support guarantee to apply, students must meet the following conditions: