McMaster University

McMaster University

School of Geography & Earth Sciences

"Achieving international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence in geographical,
geological and environmental education, research and outreach."

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences is an internationally recognized centre for research, education and training. Its strengths lie in the discovery, application, and transfer of knowledge to issues and problems in the earth, environmental, and geographical sciences.

Two particular strengths in the School are the development of interdisciplinary research programs that integrate the earth and environmental sciences with human geography and the use of spatial analysis to investigate the geographical relationships between the environment and society. The School emphasizes the use of leading-edge theoretical and methodological developments in its research. Have a look at some of the projects our current graduate students are working on right now.

The School of Geography and Earth Sciences is committed to increasing the opportunities for experiential (‘hands-on’) learning by undergraduate students. Many of our undergraduate courses involve fieldwork in the local area and we have several courses that undertake field research in off-campus locations.

If you are a prospective graduate student and plan to apply for admission in our MSc, MA or PhD degree programs, you will find much of the information at our Graduate Recruitment web page.


SGES in the News

Electric mobility

Demand for electric vehicles will increase – if the price is right

According to a new McMaster-led survey, there’s pent up consumer demand for electric vehicles- if the price is right.

That was a key finding from aCanada-wide research survey of 20,000 households that looked at consumer attitudes toward electric vehicles. The survey is an important component of a five-year research project:  the Social Costs and Benefits of Electric Mobility in Canada*  led by Principal Investigator Pavlos Kanaroglou, Director of the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL). More.. More

climate Change

Glen Murray: A serious conversation needed on climate change

How can we move toward zero emissions? How can we restore ecosystems and keep our planet intact for future generations?

Although the problems are complex, Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change says there are tangible actions both cites and individuals can take to protect the environment and address the threat posed by climate change.

Murray made these remarks at the Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Cities Symposium, part of Climate Change and Environment: Navigating from Risk to Resilience (April 18-22), the final set of events in the Big Ideas, Better Cities series. More.. More


Researchers link poverty and shorter life expectancy

McMaster statistician digs deep into Code Red data and uncovers some startling relationships. There's been something gnawing away at Patrick DeLuca for the past five years, an itch he hadn't been able to scratch.

DeLuca is a statistical whiz and geographic information specialist at McMaster University and one of two researchers who helped put together The Spectator's highly acclaimed Code Red projects, first launched in 2010. More.. More

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