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What will I learn?

Program Requirements

This major concentration exposes students to various approaches to Urban Studies. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students in the Faculty of Arts to the study of urban dynamics and the challenges facing contemporary cities around the world. Urban Studies prepares students for a variety of urban-related careers as well as for graduate study in disciplines and professional programs such as urban planning, architecture, and urban geography. Students should observe the levels indicated by course numbers: 200-level are first year (U1); 300-level, second year (U2); 400- or 500-level, third year (U3).

Required Courses (9 credits)

GEOG 201 Introductory Geo-Information Science (3 credits)
GEOG 217 Cities in the Modern World (3 credits)
GEOG 351 Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

Complementary Courses (27 credits)
Statistics

3 credits from:

NOTE: Credit given for statistics courses is subject to certain restrictions. Students should consult the "Course Overlap" information in the "Course Requirements" section for the Faculty of Arts.

BIOL 373 Biometry (3 credits)
GEOG 202 Statistics and Spatial Analysis (3 credits)
MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 (3 credits)
PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits)
SOCI 350 Statistics in Social Research (3 credits)

Field Courses

3-6 credits selected from:

GEOG 425 Southeast Asia Urban Field Studies (3 credits)
GEOG 494 Urban Field Studies (3 credits)

18-21 credits from the course lists below:

Geography

* Students can choose one only from GEOG 210, GEOG 216 or GEOG 221.

GEOG 210 Global Places and Peoples (3 credits) *
GEOG 216 Geography of the World Economy (3 credits) *
GEOG 221 Environment and Health (3 credits) *
GEOG 303 Health Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 306 Raster Geo-Information Science (3 credits)
GEOG 307 Socioeconomic Applications of GIS (3 credits)
GEOG 311 Economic Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 315 Urban Transportation Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 316 Political Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 325 New Master-Planned Cities (3 credits)
GEOG 331 Urban Social Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 417 Urban Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 420 Memory, Place, and Power (3 credits)
GEOG 503 Advanced Topics in Health Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 504 Advanced Economic Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 507 Advanced Social Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 511 Advanced Political Geography (3 credits)
GEOG 525 Asian Cities in the 21st Century (3 credits)

Over the course of three years (U1, U2 and U3), students will complete a 90-credit degree. For students from high schools outside Quebec, a 30-credit freshman year (called U0) will be added at the start of your studies (making this a four-year, 120-credit degree).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years or 4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$21,500.10 (US$ 17,378) per year
CAN $716.67 per credit hour
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,

MONTREAL,

Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: Pearson Test of English (Academic) with the minimum score of 85; Cambridge English (Advanced) with a grade B or better ; or Cambridge English: Certificate of Proficiency in English with a grade C or better; MELAB SCORE OF 85 and Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) with overall score of 60.

For international students

Students must have Canadian high school or its equivalent.

English Language Scores:

  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)) - Certificate awarded with a Grade C or better.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)) - Certificate awarded with a Grade B or better.
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall band score of 70 or better; individual component scores of 60 or better.
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) - Score of 115 or better
  • IELTS: A band score of 6.5 or better; individual component scores of 6.0 or better.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Overall score of 65 or better; individual component scores of 60 or better
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Internet-based composite score (iBT) 90

Application Deadline: January 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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