18 months
14508 CAD/year
4508 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo is proud to be ranked in the top 100 Geography departments in the world, and 5th in Canada. 


We offer a master degree in Geography at University of Waterloo. We boast 35 faculty members with research expertise in a wide range of human geography, physical geography, geomatics and aviation topics. 

Key Features 

  • The Department is twinned at the graduate level with the Wilfrid Laurier University's Geography and Environmental Studies department, and the resulting “Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography” offers the combined faculty, staff and research resources of two quality institutions. 
  • We offer three thesis master’s degrees (MA, Master of Environmental Studies (MES), and MSc) and three coursework-based degrees (MA, MES, and Master of Climate Change (MCC)). 

Programme Structure

Graduate research fields

  • Environmental and Resource Management
  • Geomatics
  • Human Geography

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours undergraduate degree or equivalent with at least a 75% average. Normally, the undergraduate degree will be in Geography, but applications are welcomed from superior students regardless of background. However, students must demonstrate that they have the necessary background to pursue graduate work in their field of specialization.
  • Three academic references
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable. TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14508 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7254 CAD per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    4508 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2254 CAD per semester during 18 months.

Living costs for Waterloo

810 - 1447 CAD /month
Living costs

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