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


McMaster projects win big global health grants

Corinne Schuster-Wallace, a McMaster environmental studies prof, is leading an international team that's planning a sanitation system for Uganda that would turn human excrement and byproducts from fish farming into biofuel.

"It's exciting that we can move forward with the project because we can see a huge potential for changing lives in Uganda," she said. More.. More


Poverty Project: Not all gain from Hamilton’s economic recovery

Income inequality has increased in Canada and internationally in recent years, according to a 2015 paper co-authored by McMaster University's Richard Harris. But Hamilton has fared worse than most cities, because of deindustrialization coupled with large numbers of refugees, low-income immigrants and the welfare poor. More.. More


Hamilton housing prices see biggest jump in Canada

Richard Harris, a geography professor at McMaster University, says spiking prices have implications for renters as well. "In one sense, it's unquestionably good news. But then there's all the people who aren't part of the story," he says. "It's not good for the people trying to get into the market … and there's no good news for renters at all. As house prices go up, so do rents — taking home ownership that much farther out of reach for many renters" More.. More

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