About Program Admission Requirements

Combine an interdisciplinary exploration of urban life, its qualities and its discontents with the study of social geography — the discipline that has most closely examined the nature of city lives and city places.

You can orient your studies in a number of ways to suit your interests:

  • explore the modern city
  • study urban development in a global context
  • research the history and comparative study of cities
  • learn about planning and environmental issues.

Our program is unique in that it also stresses the importance of first-hand fieldwork of the social and spatial fabrics of cities.

Learn from a group of dynamic professors who care about individual student success. Courses vary and include interesting topics such as City Lives and City Forms, The Greater Toronto Area: A Geographical Perspective, Theory and Practice of Urban Planning, and Wired Cities: Community, Technology and Changing Urban Places.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Physical Geography
  • Introduction to World Geography or Human Geography
  • City Lives and City Forms
  • Humanities or Social Science General Education course
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • Course outside the major

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • Community development officer
  • Journalist
  • Urban and regional planner
  • Market analyst

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.