The Department of Geography offers a program leading to a master of science (MSc) with emphasis on earth surface processes and environmental geoscience, specifically in aspects of geomorphology, biogeography, soils, climatology and hydrology; spatial information science, remote sensing, GIS and spatial analysis.
Normally, candidates should have a bachelor of science (BSc) degree with a 3.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in geography or a related discipline to enter the program.
Admission is in the fall term. Applications should be completed by January 15.
The candidate, once admitted, works under a faculty advisor’s guidance, pending the choice of a supervisory committee. The supervisory committee, normally consisting of two faculty members, one of whom may be from outside the department, will be chosen by the start of the second term.
All candidates will complete 30 units within six terms. Within these 30 units, students complete a thesis (18 units). The remaining 12 units will be comprised of required and elective courses, and two non-credit courses as shown below. Students with deficiencies may be asked to complete more course work.
Students complete the following non-credit courses that are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Attendance is compulsory to obtain a satisfactory grade.both of
Introduction to graduate studies in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University, covering formal requirements and practical considerations. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Equivalent Courses: GEOG700.
Students complete 13 including
Research design, data collection and quantitative methods in physical geography. Equivalent Courses: GEOG706.
and two of
Conceptual and methodological bases of current hydrologic research. Equivalent Courses: GEOG731.
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 2109, Burnaby
Glacial landform-process models; field study of glacial landforms and sediments. Equivalent Courses: GEOG728.
An examination of current conceptual and methodological issues in fluvial geomorphology based on analyses of the primary research literature. Equivalent Courses: GEOG726.
Mo 1:00 PM – 3:50 PM
Recent theoretical developments in physical climatology. Equivalent Courses: GEOG723.
Recent developments in paleoecology and the study of Quaternary environments.
Soil physics, soil chemistry, soil biology and/or forest soils. Equivalent Courses: GEOG718.
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 7108, Burnaby
Perspectives on the description, analysis and prediction of geographical processes using spatial modeling and decision-making in a GIS environment. Equivalent Courses: GEOG714.
Selected principles and applications of remote sensing for the study of natural and human environments.
Examines data, data structures and computational methods that underlie GIS description and analysis. Illustrates the social science and science links between computers and geography. Equivalent Courses: GEOG715.
Students may only take this course once during their program. Equivalent Courses: GEOG791.
* or another course with advisor's consent
† or with the graduate chair’s approval, from related graduate courses in other departments such as biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, earth sciences, resource and environmental management and computing science.
The program requires the submission and successful defence of a thesis. The thesis involves the conceptualization of a problem and the collection, analysis and interpretation of empirical data.
Students prepare their thesis by completing
Normally, students present proposed research at a one-day conference (research day) held in the spring term. A written proposal is submitted to the supervisory committee, defended in colloquium and approved by the end of the second term and before substantive research.
The recommended maximum length of a thesis is 120 pages (including bibliography, but excluding appendices). The completed thesis is judged by the candidate’s examining committee at an oral defence.
Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations
All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.