Graduate program

The Master of Arts (MA) Program in Geography offers students an advanced education in geographical approaches to understanding social and human/environment relations.

The program emphasizes spatial relations across a range of scales from the local to the global. Students are trained to develop sophisticated and rigorous understandings of geographical processes, through an examination of various current theoretical perspectives and research methodologies, as well as exposure to diverse empirical material.

Graduates of this program are equipped to pursue doctoral studies or careers in areas where the ability to examine and analyze space in relation to social, human and environmental relations is an asset.

As a small program, we strive to provide an attentive, intimate and nurturing learning environment that is responsive to the intellectual needs of individual students.

Students may expect small class sizes (typically four to eight students per course), lots of one-on-one attention from members of their supervisory committee, and plentiful opportunities for productive formal and informal interactions with other students.

Map library

MA in Geography

View the details below and visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies for more information.

Program information

We have a very diverse faculty and a strong record of placing our graduates into prestigious doctoral schools.

As a small program that admits a select number of students each year, we strive to provide an attentive, intimate and nurturing learning environment that is responsive to the intellectual needs of individual students.

Students may expect small class sizes (typically four to ten students per course), lots of one-on-one attention from members of their supervisory committee, and plentiful opportunities for productive interactions with other students.

  • A faculty with very diverse backgrounds and research interests
  • A curriculum that stresses critical approaches to geography
  • The size of the program is small, which allows for quality interactions with supervisors and other faculty

Students are given the opportunity to attend the Mapping the New Knowledges Conference where they gain professional experience presenting their research.

Vitae is another opportunity for students to develop skills through training services, such as workshops and activities. Students develop essential career competencies alongside their academic knowledge and skills.  

The Geography Master of Arts Program has a graduate student office equipped with computers, internet access, a networked printer and scanner, ample work space, and desks for all students. We also have physical geography and GIS labs, and remote sensing equipment.

Brock University is located in Niagara Region, close to wineries and tourist attractions, Niagara Falls, the Niagara Escarpment and Short Hills, the US border, and many sites of historical and cultural interest. We are also close to major cities like Toronto, Buffalo and Hamilton, as well a variety of rural landscapes, which provide exciting opportunities for geographical field research and analysis.

 The Geography Department is adjacent to the University Map, GIS & Data Library, which contains the largest and most comprehensive map and air photo collection in the Niagara Region, as well as up-to-date electronic, digital data and on-line resources. 

Ebru Ustundag
Graduate Program Director & Associate Professor
Office: MC C314
905-688-5550 x4417
eustundag@brocku.ca

Virginia Wagg
Administrative Coordinator & Academic Advisor, Graduate and Undergraduate Programs 
Office: MC C322
905-688-5550 x3484 
vwagg@brocku.ca

Learn more about our graduate students and their research here.