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Geography, Environment and Geomatics - Graduate Studies

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In the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, we contribute to the body of knowledge in our diverse fields through high-quality teaching and excellence in research. We prepare specialized teachers and researchers to meet the demands of the geographic profession for various public, private and community agencies. Our graduate students undertake meaningful research on a diverse range of topics redefining geography, environment and geomatics, and leading them to a wide variety of careers. From Canada’s northernmost glaciers to Toronto’s immigration, from remote sensing of shallow reefs to water security for Northern Peoples, from the study of past environmental change to the future effects of today’s forest fires our graduates are studying all over the map for the benefit of our planet’s environments and societies. The Department has laboratories for GIS, physical geography, paleoclimatology and climatology, remote sensing and geomatics of the environment. Awards and financial support are available to full-time graduate students.

Master’s programs

The Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics offers a graduate-level Microprogram as well as Master’s of Arts and Master's of Science programs.


Microprogram in Anthropocene

The graduate-level Microprogram in Anthropocene is a flexible program that provides you with an access to professors who are experts in their field and an opportunity to diversify your academic profile. The microprogram can be a gateway to a graduate level-degree as courses taken in that context can partially fulfill the degree requirements.

Short Duration Master’s program:

Master of Science Concentration in Anthropocene (12 months)

The one-year MSc concentration in The Anthropocene is based on 3 mandatory and 3 optional courses, combined with an additional component that you choose yourself: Build your network and get work experience by completing two internships with organizations that work in an area related to the Anthropocene, or delve more into a subject of specific interest to you by writing a Major Research Paper under the supervision of one of our professors.


  • 6 Courses + Two Internships
  • 6 Courses + Supervised Major Research Paper

Thesis Based Master’s programs:

Master of Arts Programs (MA Programs)

Master of Science Programs (MSc Programs)


The Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics

Gain a deeper understanding of our world! Our programs provide you with a holistic and multi-faceted understanding of our world, and the issues our environment, people and planet face today.
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PhD programs

Detailed information on how to complete your program

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Graduate programs and opportunities

Distinguish your professional or academic profile at one of Canada’s top 10 research institutes. The University of Ottawa’s diverse range of programs allows you to choose a formula that improves your employment prospects and fits your lifestyle.
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Contact us

Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics

Simard Hall, room 047
60 University
Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5725
[email protected]

Office hours

Monday to Friday
From 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
From 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)