24 months
4833 CAD/year
3717 CAD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Geography has been taught at the Memorial University of Newfoundland since 1946 and was raised to the status of full department in 1960. Graduate studies began in 1970 with the MA and MSc, and the PhD was added in 1992. 


Key facts

Our mission statement at Memorial University of Newfoundland is to foster a spirit of inquiry about the Geography of the world around us through our teaching and research, and to provide our students with the analytical tools needed to explore the questions that arise and the skills with which to communicate their findings.

Graduate research is conducted within the fields of climatology, cultural, historical, and economic geography, geographic information systems, geomorphology, Quaternary studies, regional development, remote sensing, and resource management. The physical and human environments of Newfoundland and Labrador present a wide range of research possibilities. 

The province’s easternmost coastal location in Canada provides a stimulating setting for the study of the climate and the imprint of Quaternary climate changes upon the physical landscape. The social and economic characteristics observed for the Atlantic region provide a wealth of research opportunities on demographic and migration patterns, sustainable development of resources and rural development. In addition, Newfoundland and Labrador presents considerable scope for the study of coastal and marine environments.


  • We aim to foster a spirit of inquiry about the geography of the world around us through our teaching and research.
  • We strive for excellence in research, and part of our vision for the future is the aim to be recognized for excellence in pursuing integrated research about our environment.
  • We are engaged in a variety of research activities in many branches of the discipline, typically in collaboration with others. 

Programme Structure

Key topics and areas of expertise for faculty at Memorial include:
  • Coastal zone management and environmental governance
  • Arctic climate and environmental systems
  • Environmental history of fisheries and aquaculture
  • Rural and regional economic development
  • Geographies of electronic waste production and disposal
  • Recreation, resources and environmental values
  • Human dimensions of wildlife management
  • Climate variability and change in the Canadian North
  • Historical geography of mining and resource development
  • Biosecurity, disease and agricultural systems
  • Marine Geomatics and marine habitat mapping

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcript(s) (must be submitted by post mail or courier)
  • Two (2) letters of appraisal 
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional requirements (may be required).
  • Prerequisites may be necessary for your program of interest

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    4833 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9666 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    3717 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7434 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Students: $5,718 per full programme

Living costs for St. John's

1159 - 1707 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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