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You will learn to apply and develop concepts and methods used to understand living and non-living earth systems in their spatial and temporal dimensions. You will seek solutions to various scientific and practical issues related to human-environment interaction, land management, climate change, etc.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree in geographic sciences, or an equivalent degree.

Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 out of 4.33 or the equivalent.

Although knowledge of French or English is not a prerequisite for admission, students must be able to read and understand texts in French or in English to successfully complete this program. Students who are not proficient enough in these languages may have difficulty in their studies. Students must ensure that they have a good understanding of French or English and, if necessary, take steps to improve their language skills during their studies (for example at Université Laval’s language school). In the event of significant deficiencies, program direction can impose corrective measures. 

French proficiency

The language of instruction at Université Laval is French. Hence, a good knowledge of written and spoken French is highly recommended. 

English proficiency

Applicants must have a good understanding of written English.

Research Areas

  • Human and population geography, demography, international migration, development
  • Historical, cultural, and economic geography
  • Urban, rural, and regional geography and sustainable land use planning
  • Sustainable development
  • Tourism, marketing, product development, experiential approach territorial attractiveness, consumer behaviour
  • Transportation and logistical geography
  • Political geography and environmental security
  • Geography of global spaces
  • Physical and environmental geography
  • Northern environments
  • Climate change and climatology
  • Aquatic ecosystems, paleolimnology, aquatic ecology, and the geopolitics of water
  • Geomorphology, paleopedology, sedimentology, permafrost, the Quaternary Period
  • Paleoecology, palynology, geoarcheology, and macrofossil analysis   
  • Biogeography and landscape ecology
  • Dendroecology
  • Mapping and spatial analysis


For a full list of professors, please refer to the descriptions on the Department of Geography website giving their fields of research in geography. (In French only).

A number of professors have an interest in supervising students under the agreement between UL and the CSC. Their areas of expertise and contact information are provided below.