Spatial Analysis (MSA)
Part of the Faculty of Arts
- Completion of a four-year undergraduate (or equivalent) degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
- Statement of research interest
- Two or three letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency requirement
More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program.
Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.
See application dates.
Faculty and student research span a mind-blowing range of topics across the three fields of study:
- Business/commercial applications
- Physical/environmental geography and landscape analysis
- Social and community information analysis
Recent student research topics range from socio-economic analysis of Toronto neighbourhoods to ice cover in the high Arctic; offender journey to crime and risk terrain to spatiotemporal analysis of regional and super-regional shopping centres across Canada; impact assessment of proposed school and library closures to trade area delineation techniques for cinema patronage; urban heat island to immigrant health patterns and the geography of aging. Common to our research is the geographic perspective and the use of spatial analysis methods and tools. Student research is often quantitative but includes qualitative and mixed-methods research. We employ commercial and opensource GIS packages, web map services, remote sensing software, statistical and business intelligence tools, as well as custom scripts, office software, and paper-and-pencil approaches.
MSA courses and student research are supported by over 25 faculty members with expertise across all areas of geography and allied disciplines. A dedicated computer lab is located within the Department’s office space. Some of the named research centres and groups affiliated with the MSA include:
- Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity (CSCA)
- Laboratory for Geocomputation
- Geographic Information Science and Systems Group
- Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement (RCIS)
- Urban Forest Research and Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group
- Polar Regions Spatial and Environmental Analysis Laboratory (POLAR SEAL)
Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.
Dr. David Atkinson
Graduate Program Director (Interim)
Research areas: Estimation of biophysical variables with remote sensing and GIS, arctic biophysical systems, spatial analysis of environmental variables, applications of remote sensing and GIS for environmental problems, Canada’s Northern Regions
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2693
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7440
“The advanced data management and analysis skills I am learning in the MSA program have already been extremely valuable in my placement with a public health agency. These skills are transferable to a wide variety of applications, thus opening a world of career opportunities to MSA graduates.”