M.Sc. On Campus


Simon Fraser University

24 months
3892 CAD/year
3892 CAD/year
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The Department of Geography offers a Master of Science (MSc) at Simon Fraser University designed for research in geomorphology, hydrology, climatology, limnology, soil science, geographic information science, and health.


The MA or MSc candidate from Simon Fraser University, works under the guidance of a faculty advisor or "senior supervisor", pending the choice of a supervisory committee. The supervisory committee, consists of two faculty members (the senior supervisor and one additional member). The second member, who will be chosen by the beginning of the second semester, may be from outside the department of Geography.


Expectations that are clear, explicit and mutually accepted are the basis of a good supervisory relationship. These expectations should be discussed and agreed upon very early in the relationship. 

Senior Supervisors and students should, at the start of the supervisory relationship, agree on a plan of study for the student’s degree program with clear ‘milestones’ denoting progress, reflecting departmental criteria for progress through the program. The plan may be expressed in  writing and communicated to the Supervisory Committee. In all cases, there should be an explicit understanding that it may be changed in light of future developments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Hydrology 
  • Glacial Geomorphology 
  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Climatology 
  • Soil Science 
  • Advanced Spatial Analysis and Modeling 
  • Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Advanced Principles of Geographic Information Science
  • Directed Readings

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • a bachelor’s degree from SFU or its equivalent from a recognized institution
  • a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.33 scale, or 3.33 on a 4.33 scale (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered.
  • submitted evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the applicant’s ability to undertake advanced studies in the area of interest.
  • proof of English Language proficiency
  • In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is significant experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3892 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1946 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    3892 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1946 CAD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Burnaby

1600 - 2700 CAD /month
Living costs

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


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