The Department of Geography offers a Master of Arts (MA) focused on human geography including studies of cities, health, labour, environment, political economy, and geographic information science.
Applicants must satisfy the university admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Typically, candidates should have a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a 3.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in geography or a related discipline to be considered for entry to the MA in Geography.
This program consists of two introductory seminars, three graduate Geography courses, a thesis proposal and a thesis, for a minimum of 30 units. Those admitted without an appropriate academic background may be required to complete additional coursework.
Students must complete 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. Students with credit for GEOG 700 may not take this course for further credit.
Completion of GEOG 600, with an emphasis on the preparation and presentation of the research proposal. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students with credit for GEOG 701 may not take this course for further credit.
Exploring the theoretical frameworks and methods for human geography research. Students with credit for GEOG 604 and GEOG 605 may not take this course for further credit.
and two of*
Geographic perspectives on selected topics in economy and environment in Canadian and international contexts.
Examines the historical development of the material spaces and places affected by changing capitalist dynamics and the dominant theories through which they are explained, legitimized, and criticized, from a geographical perspective. Special attention is given to interdisciplinary challenges posed by the combination of geographic, political and economic theoretical and methodological traditions.
Geographic perspectives on society and the city in Canadian and international contexts.
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.
The concepts, theories and technology behind 3D representation and 3D geovisualization of complex spatial phenomena using emerging interactive, immersive and ubiquitous interface technologies. Combines geovisualization, geospatial interface research, geovirtual environments, GIScience, and spatial knowledge acquisition perspectives. Prerequisite: Enrolment in any graduate program plus permission of the instructor. Graduate students from other disciplines are welcome to take this course.
Case studies of the inter-relations between the social and political construction of law and space. Equivalent Courses: GEOG755.
Multiple approaches to relationships between health and place are discussed. This includes exploring underlying theories, concepts, and methods used by health geographers for traditional and contemporary research. Students who have taken GEOG 486 may not take this course for further credit.
Students may only take this course once during their program. Equivalent Courses: GEOG791.
and a thesis proposal
and a thesis
* Course substitutions may be allowed for different graduate Geography courses or graduate courses outside of Geography subject to approval.
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. A written proposal is submitted to the supervisory committee, defended in colloquium, and approved by the end of the second term, before substantive research has commenced. The completed thesis is judged by the thesis examining committee at an oral defence.
Students are expected to complete the program requirements in six (6) terms.
Students work under the guidance of a supervisor, who is normally a faculty member in the department and one other committee member, who may be from outside the department. The committee will be determined by the start of the second term.
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.