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Welcome to the Graduate Program in Geography at York University!

York University’s Graduate Program in Geography has an excellent international reputation, and is renowned for its collegiality, productivity, and critical scholarship. We are located in Toronto, a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that serves as an excellent place to live and to work as a student.

If you plan to apply to our program, you will most of the information that you need on this website. Should you have more questions, you may contact the Graduate Program Director, Steven Tufts, or the Graduate Program Assistant, Tricia Fuller-Davidson. We would be glad to help you. We also encourage you to contact faculty members of our program sharing your research interests directly.

Our faculty members are leading scholars in migration and settlement, urban geography, political economy and political ecology, feminist geography, and the physical geography of northern and extreme environments.  Faculty publish in, and serve in an editorial capacity for, high-profile disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals. In the last ten years, we have authored or edited over 30 books published by major scholarly presses. 

With a complement of over 35 full-time faculty members and an intake of approximately 20 students a year, we are the fifth-largest Geography program in Canada. At any given time, we have a community of more than 70 graduate students from over a dozen different countries, almost half of whom are PhD students. Our graduate students are bright and engaged, creating a creative and supportive environment for peer learning. We pride ourselves in fostering not only graduate training, but long-lasting relationships.

We believe our environment supports good intellectual work. Our students have a great record in applying for external awards such as SSHRC, NSERC, and OGS, and they go on to successful careers, both inside and outside academia.

York University provides a competitive guaranteed funding package for its incoming graduate students. This base funding can also be supplemented with entrance and external scholarships as well as teaching and research assistantships. Our teaching assistantship salaries are the highest paid at any Canadian institution, and they also include health and other benefits as enshrined in a collective agreement. In addition, students can draw on a variety of funding sources at York to pay for research costs. Because our faculty have been very successful in applying for research grants, many of our students have their fieldwork costs covered, including those who do international fieldwork.

Beyond the Graduate Program in Geography, the university as a whole provides a rich intellectual environment for graduate study. As one of Canada’s largest universities, there are numerous opportunities to join interdisciplinary research centres, to take courses outside of Geography, and to interact with scholars across a wide range of disciplines.

Graduates from our program have taken up diverse careers, including academic positions, work in the private sector, government, for NGOs, and even politics, in areas such as environment, immigration and refugee work, labour, education, urban planning, peacebuilding, and more. To see a sample of what some of our graduates are doing, please see the alumni section of our website.

Be sure to follow the links on this website to find out more about the Graduate Program in Geography and York. Again, if you need more information, or would like to arrange a visit, please do get in touch.


Steven Tufts
Director of the Graduate Program in Geography

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A photo of Professor Steven Tufts

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The Graduate Program in Geography at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.