Urban Rural and Regional Dynamics (URRD) IGS Theme

Theme Overview

Degrees Offered: M.A. and Ph.D.

The Urban, Rural and Regional Dynamics (URRD) Theme focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to research that train and support students to undertake research that engages publics and communities with a particular focus on rural and urban change. For participating faculty see the URRD Theme Guide.

The URRD Theme offers full-time, research-based degrees. For research interests of Theme faculty members please consult the URRD Theme Guide.

Theme Admission Requirements

The overarching IGS requirements are the minimum standards required for admission to the Theme. Evidence in the application for admission that the research interests and scholarly background of the applicant are topically relevant to the Theme, and agreement of a Faculty member who participates in the Theme to serve as the applicant’s supervisor, are also required. Refer to the Urban, Rural and Regional Dynamics Theme Guide for a list of potential supervisors.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Interdisciplinary Studies, Urban, Rural, and Regional Dynamics Theme

In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate students set out by the College of Graduate Studies, students in the Urban, Rural, and Regional Dynamics Theme must complete 30 credits for the M.A. as follows:

  • a 12-credit Master's Thesis (IGS 599);
  • 3 credits of IGS 524;
  • IGS 583;
  • At least 3 credits of a methods course selected from the following: IGS 501, IGS 503, IGS 504, IGS 505, IGS 509, IGS 515, IGS 601, STAT 507; and
  • 9 credits of additional course work selected by the student inconsultation with, and approval of, his or her supervisor, of which no more than 6 credits can be at the 300/400 level, and none may be at the 100/200 level.

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Interdisciplinary Studies, Urban, Rural, and Regional Dynamics Theme

In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate students set out by the College of Graduate Studies, students in the Urban, Rural, and Regional Dynamics Theme must complete 30 credits for the M.Sc. as follows:

  • an 18-credit Master's Thesis (IGS 599);
  • 3 credits of IGS 524;
  • IGS 583;
  • At least 3 credits of a methods course selected from the following: IGS 501, IGS 503, IGS 504, IGS 505, IGS 509, IGS 515, IGS 601, STAT 507; and
  • 3 credits of additional course work selected by the student in consultation with, and approval of, his or her supervisor, of which no more than 6 credits can be at the 300/400 level, and none may be at the 100/200 level.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Interdisciplinary Studies, Urban, Rural, and Regional Dynamics Theme

In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate students set out by the College of Graduate Studies, the minimum requirements for the Ph.D. are:

  • 9 credits of coursework as approved by the supervisory committee, and consistent with overall IGS PhD coursework requirements;
  • successful completion of comprehensive requirements; and
  • successful defence of the doctoral dissertation IGS 699 (0) Doctoral Thesis.

Contact Information

Complete details regarding the Urban, Rural and Regional Dynamics Theme are available on the IGS website, or by contacting the Theme Coordinator.

For current information, consult the Theme Guide.

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