Graduate Studies


The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers three graduate degree programs: MA, MSc, and PhD, in the following areas:

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography
  • Environmental Earth Sciences
  • Human Geography
  • Paleontology
  • Planning
  • Solid Earth Sciences

Thesis-based programs: you are required to contact potential supervisors. Please ensure that your chosen potential supervisor is a member of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. If no prospective supervisor expresses interest, we ask that you not formally apply.

Course-based programs:

MSc Urban and Regional Planning

MSc Integrated Petroleum Geosciences

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For Prospective Graduate Students

Application Deadlines for Thesis Programs:


Applications Period Begins

Document Deadlines*

Canadian/Permanent Residents

International Applicants

Fall Term (September)

November 1

March 15

March 15

Winter Term (January)


October 1

October 1

*All necessary documents must be received by these dates for a file to be considered complete and able to be adjudicated. Documents and applications received outside of these deadlines may be considered ineligible as determined by the department.

Our Department's Graduate Program Committee evaluates applications and makes decisions on admissions and financial support throughout the fall and winter terms (September through early May). We strongly encourage interested students to submit their applications as early as possible. In particular, applications that are not complete (including reference letters and transcripts) by the beginning of March stand a considerably lower chance of receiving financial support than applications completed before that time.

Please do not contact the Department about the status of your application. Check the GSMS portal for updates. 




For Current Graduate Students



Commonly Needed Forms for Graduate Students