M.Sc. On Campus


Wilfrid Laurier University

24 months
13770 CAD/year
5246 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science (MSc) in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University is a two-year program offered by the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography. 


The collaboration between our universities makes us the third-largest graduate geography program in Canada, and our program is enhanced by a number of research centres and groups, including the Laurier Institute for Water Science, the Cold Regions Research Centre and the International Migration Research Centre.

You can benefit from the breadth and depth of the expertise of our faculty and your fellow graduate students in this rich intellectual environment. Our joint program allows you to explore a range of research interests, from the analysis of pressing social and environmental problems to theoretical questions of philosophical and technical importance.  

The MSc in Geography program from Wilfrid Laurier University is perfect if you want to develop expertise in the science sub-disciplines of Geography with an emphasis on environmental science and geomatics. You’ll gain expertise and skills through a combination of formal coursework, research and teaching assistant positions, field and laboratory experimentation, and independent research leading to the completion of your thesis.


MSc graduates have secured employment as research technicians in academia, resource specialists with government agencies (Yukon Government) and environmental consulting firms and companies (Geomorphic Solutions, EDI Environmental Dynamics, Hoskins).

Programme Structure

Research Fosus

Faculty teaching in the MSc in Geography program support a wide range of research interests in two fields of specialization: Environmental Science and Geomatics. 

  • Environmental Science:ecosystem characteristics and processes and the movement of mass (materials, water, carbon and nutrients) and energy among the hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere and atmosphere; geomorphology; ecosystem science and management; field studies and modelling in hydrology and water chemistry; cold regions research; cryosphere research;
  • Geomatics: spatial data handling from acquisition by remote sensing, aerial photography, and global positioning systems; storage, manipulation, display and modelling by geographic information systems; 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


10 alternative credits

10 credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A four-year honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Physical Geography, Environmental or Earth Sciences, Geomatics, or a related field.
  • A minimum B average.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interest, a writing sample and letters of reference.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13770 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6885 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    5246 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2623 CAD per semester during 24 months.

Tuition per term

Living costs for Waterloo

810 - 1447 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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