Admission Requirements

We have several research opportunities for graduate research at both the Masters and PhD levels. The links below provide an overview of faculty research interests. As there is not always a perfect match between existing projects and student research interests, all faculty will consider supervising original projects that overlap with their own areas of expertise. All applicants must secure a supervisory commitment prior to making an application. Contact a potential supervisor(s) before applying to the program.

The Department of Geography and Environment coordinates its admission process with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please consult their Admission Requirements and guidelines for Applying to Western in addition to the information here.

GPA Requirement

Eligibility for funding in the form of teaching assistantships and internal scholarships requires a minimum of 78% for domestic students (Canadian or Permanent Residents) and 80% for international students. With few exceptions, only those students eligible for funding are admitted. Similarly, exceptionally strong Masters students may be considered for promotion (upgrading) to the PhD program without completing the Masters degree. Students interested in a Collaborative Specialization apply for graduate admission to Geography and Environment and subsequently apply to the Collaborate Specialization early in their first term of the program.

Language Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory* achievement within the last two years in one of the following:

The Department of Geography and Environment does not require applicants to submit GRE scores, but these can be submitted in support of an application.


Please contact the Graduate Administrator with any questions regarding the graduate program.
Phone: 519-661-2111, Ext. 85033;

Note: Program requirements, course offerings and funding can change due to unforeseen circumstances

For an overview of requirements please visit the pages on the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.