Graduate programs

uLethbridge offers a range of innovative, relevant, and unique graduate programs in existing and emerging disciplines that prepare you to transition into your career. You can choose from more than 75 graduate programs.

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The Accounting major examines the factors influencing the design, provision, quality, use, and impact of financial and non-financial information on a variety of stakeholders, including investors, managers, auditors, creditors, and organizations.

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  • Co-op (optional)

The Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health Psychotherapy (AMHP) is a part-time, blended delivery program designed for students interested in careers in psychotherapy with an emphasis on addiction and mental health.

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As an MSc student in our program you will learn applied research skills and gain the hands-on research experience you need to compete for research careers in government, industry, the health-care system, non-profit organizations, and universities.

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The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Study of Addiction (ACSA) offers students an opportunity for in-depth study of addictive processes and disorders. This part-time, online program offers study of the latest research in addiction and is appropriate for a diverse range of individuals in health and social services, program developers, policymakers, or researchers.

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Agricultural Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary major which spans several Departments at the University of Lethbridge with faculty expertise in agricultural economics, plant breeding, environmental microbiology, ecosystems and water management, nutrition, functional food and nutraceutical development, as well as areas of health and theory.

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As a multidisciplinary major, agricultural studies take full advantage of resources and course offerings in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geography & Environment and Economics. This broad range of perspectives helps expand the understanding of issues such as policy development, the farm as a production unit and the environmental implications of land use.

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As a multidisciplinary major, agricultural studies take full advantage of resources and course offerings in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geography & Environment and Economics. This broad range of perspectives helps expand the understanding of issues such as policy development, the farm as a production unit and the environmental implications of land use.

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Faculty in our department research on a range of topics, including the anthropology of policy and governance; anthropology of happiness and wellbeing; environmental anthropology; race, ethnicity and indigeneity; anthropology of childhood; psychological anthropology; medical anthropology; anthropology and archaeology of food; origins of social complexity and social inequality; anthropology of ritual and religion; anthropology of development; and urban anthropology. 

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As a Master of Counselling student, you will experience a distance program designed to prepare you for a career as a Canadian Certified Counsellor or Registered Psychologist.

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The Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Lethbridge offers exciting programs in key career fields with strong employment prospects. Become an expert on current issues, challenges and opportunities through our unique multidisciplinary and experiential learning programs, covering a wide range of topics.

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The Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Lethbridge offers exciting programs in key career fields with strong employment prospects. Become an expert on current issues, challenges and opportunities through our unique multidisciplinary and experiential learning programs, covering a wide range of topics.

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Work with internationally active artists and scholars as you pursue your professional and creative goals in a collaborative environment in this thesis-based research program. 

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The MFA Art program provides graduate students the opportunity to pursue contemporary art production through theoretical and practical scholarship. Encompassing material, critical, and conceptual investigations, students work with an open studio context with faculty who are active artists and scholars. Indigenous knowledge and cultural perspectives are supported.

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The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is home to many advanced instruments which enable cutting-edge research. These tools include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infra-red, Raman, UVvisible, atomic absorption spectrometers, macromolecular x-ray diffractometer, isothermal titration calorimeter, and a surface plasmon resonance spectrometer.

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The Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics is a part-time program consisting of four courses (12.0 credit hours). Students will be able to complete this program in six months (January-June). 

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The Master of Science program (Biological Sciences major) offers students the opportunity to receive focused, advanced training in a wide range of biology disciplines.

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Biomolecular science is a multidisciplinary program. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Physics and Astronomy.

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Biosystems and Biodiversity is a multidisciplinary program. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geography.

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The Canadian Studies major focuses on Canadian issues and Canada’s place in the world, the history, people, industry and politics of Canada, as well as our unique institutions, policies, and identities. 

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The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is home to many advanced instruments which enable cutting-edge research. These tools include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infra-red, Raman, UVvisible, atomic absorption spectrometers, macromolecular x-ray diffractometer, isothermal titration calorimeter, and a surface plasmon resonance spectrometer.

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The University of Lethbridge offers a high-quality Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science program that provides students a chance to build on their computer science knowledge and delve further into areas that interest them. This thesis-based program trains and supports students as they carry out novel research and refine their writing and critical thinking skills. Students are supervised and mentored by faculty members with world-class expertise in a variety of areas in computer science, including algorithms, systems, and computational intelligence.

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Professional occupations in Geographical Information Science (GIS) are growing rapidly in Canada and around the world. The Department of Geography and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offer a multidisciplinary major in computer science and geographical information science. The program is structured to provide a firm theoretical, technical and applied background in the geographical information sciences (GIS) that draws extensively on computer science foundations.

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The Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) program is designed to provide training for people who want to develop professional skills and certification in counselling psychology. The emphasis of the program is on the provision of counsellor training for those individuals who aspire to be a Canadian Certified Counsellor or Registered Psychologist.

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The program is designed around rigorous adherence to accreditation standards, and current ethical professional practice. Students are prepared to work with diverse populations and settings as a registered psychologist/professional counsellor, and as a researcher in the field.

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The Master of Arts in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) program provides students with training in the skills, methods, and theoretical backgrounds necessary for work as professional archaeologists within the cultural resource management industry in Alberta and elsewhere. Graduates of this major will also​ be prepared to run their own companies and projects.

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The Cultural, Social, and Political Thought major in the Master of Arts (MA) program is interdisciplinary within the humanities and social sciences and is based on a cohort learning model that fosters an environment of interdisciplinary engagement and exchange, research, peer mentoring, collaboration among a small group of students, within a team-based learning experience.

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The Cultural, Social, and Political Thought major in the Ph.D. program is interdisciplinary in nature and is based on a cohort learning model that fosters an environment of interdisciplinary engagement and exchange, research, peer mentoring, collaboration among a small group of students, within a team-based learning experience.

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The MA Dramatic Arts program is a research-based program comprised of coursework and a thesis. 

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The MFA Dramatic Arts program offers graduate students the opportunity to explore innovative approaches to theatre production and performance including traditional theatre disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary artistic projects. The expertise of faculty members within the Department includes design, performance, technical production, and theatre history.

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Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography, and Physics and Astronomy.

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This program prepares students for positions in both the private and public sectors and for further academic training. The program is typically completed in 24 months or less and contains rigorous training in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and econometrics, as well as elective courses in a range of applied fields.

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The MA (Education) is a research-based program intended for individuals wishing to focus on a specific research question. Typically, this would involve theoretical, versus classroom-based, research in the area of education.

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The MEd (General) allows students to study in an area that fulfills their interests and professional needs, and builds upon their current knowledge. The program is designed for working professionals, with online learning being complemented by face-to-face components in July. 

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The PhD with a major in Education is a theory and practice-rich research degree where students will address significant issues and professional practice within a particular concentration.

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The Master of Education (Educational Leadership) program reflects recent shifts in the knowledge base and in the restructuring of educational leadership programs worldwide using a 21st Century professional practice competencies approach that integrates theory and practice. The program particularly reflects the Faculty of Education’s commitment to preparing leaders for schools and school jurisdictions.

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We examine history, culture, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and the human condition to determine what a text means in the context of when and where it was written, and how it relates to us today.

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Environmental scientists study the impact of human interactions on the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and atmosphere using an interdisciplinary and integrative approach. They provide us with the information we need to address some of the most pressing issues facing humanity today — such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

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This part-time program provides students with advanced training in public health research methods and analysis.

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Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, and Psychology.

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The Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education values and promotes the study of human movement from a multidisciplinary perspective. Our programs are designed to provide you with the opportunity to study the theoretical and practical applications of activity as a cultural form.

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Focuses on the study of financial markets, financial instruments and investment decision-making, and analyzes alternative methods in obtaining, managing and using capital.

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Studying French is about more than learning the language; it is about learning analytical skills and understanding various dimensions of the world, its history, and the people that inhabit the planet.

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Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. The Spanish-speaking demographic has grown rapidly in Alberta, but so has business between Canadian companies and Latin America, which has led to a demand for employees who can do business with Spanish speaking clients both here and abroad.

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Geography deals with some of the most exciting issues on Earth. It studies the interaction between human beings and the global environment and the resulting problems and opportunities. The Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Lethbridge offers a unique multidisciplinary experience by combining the fields of archaeology, environmental science, and geography into one department.

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Geography deals with some of the most exciting issues on Earth. It studies the interaction between human beings and the global environment and the resulting problems and opportunities. The Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Lethbridge offers a unique multidisciplinary experience by combining the fields of archaeology, environmental science, and geography into one department.

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Faculty members in Health Sciences have active research programs that examine health, wellness and quality of life within a variety of populations. We also research health systems, services and policies. We actively engage MSc students in our research activities and provide mentorship in a wide range of methodologies.

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The MSc Health Sciences - Public Health Specialization program builds on the success of our undergraduate Public Health BHSc. The program has been designed to give students the advanced skills they need for competitive entry into the public health workforce as program managers, program evaluators, infectious disease control analysts, and policy analysts, among other positions, and also provides excellent preparation for a health-related Ph.D. 

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This program provides basic management knowledge for practitioners and entry-level managers in the health sector. The focus is on providing students with the knowledge necessary to enter a management position in the Canadian healthcare system. 

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This master's program is designed to provide interdisciplinary knowledge and experience for health care practitioners and entry-level managers in the health sector who wish to move into more senior positions. The focus is therefore on providing students with the knowledge necessary to become effective managers in the Canadian healthcare system. Development of applied research, critical thinking and decision-making skills is embedded throughout the program, culminating with application in an integrated experience point project.

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The Master of Arts in History is taught on campus and requires both a thesis and substantial coursework. As an MA student, you may complete your degree in either a full- or part-time capacity.

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Learn the science behind successfully managing people in organizations. The field as a whole uses rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the employment relationship from beginning to end.

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The Department of Indigenous Studies offers a Master of Arts (MA) in Indigenous Studies. Indigenous Studies is a critical, multidisciplinary area of study. It engages history, art, music, law, philosophy, and language, among other areas, to address decolonization, revitalization, and resurgence through local, national, and global Indigenous perspectives. This program will open doors in a variety of careers, including law, business and entrepreneurship, community development, cultural studies and museums, and education, to name just a few.

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The Individualized Multidisciplinary major allows students to do research and works to facilitate critical dialogues across academic disciplinary areas. The program provides students with a range of theories and methods specific to their research interests and is designed to provide a unique graduate experience in the Arts.

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The Individualized Multidisciplinary major allows students to do research and works to facilitate critical dialogues across academic disciplinary areas. The program provides students with a range of theories and methods specific to their research interests and is designed to provide a unique graduate experience in the sciences.

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The Information Systems major is currently unavailable.

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The program is designed to develop the conceptual and analytical skills needed to formulate effective international management strategies and policies to benefit all of an organization’s constituents in today’s globally competitive environment. It is also designed to familiarize students with the cultures and comparative business practices of countries in which multinational firms actively trade and invest.

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The Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education values and promotes the study of human movement from a multidisciplinary perspective. Our programs are designed to provide you with the opportunity to study the theoretical and practical applications of activity as a cultural form.

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  • Co-op (optional)

The Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education values and promotes the study of human movement from a multidisciplinary perspective.

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Marketing involves creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. Our faculty specializes in applying marketing techniques to encourage behaviour change that will benefit individuals and society. Examples include encouraging healthy behaviour, environmental protection, or non-profit support.

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The MSc program is 24 months for full-time students and 48 months for part-time students. The format for the degree consists of at least 3 graduate level courses and a thesis. All students will take Algebra (Math 5405), Analysis (Math 5505), and a third course. In some cases, a student may be required to include undergraduate courses as well, if additional background preparation is required.

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The Music Department offers a thesis-based Master of Arts with a specialization in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and the digital audio arts. The MA program provides students with the opportunity to develop a specialized research project, while critically engaging with innovative, interdisciplinary music scholarship. The MA program strives to produce outstanding scholars, educators, and professionals whose research addresses the political, social, historical, and technological contexts that inform music practices and their meanings.

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The Master of Music (M.Mus.) degree program is a two-year, full-time program of applied and academic study. The program offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate study in performance or composition, and to join a dynamic community of experienced and active professional musicians and scholars. 

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We offer a research-based training program. Graduate students work closely with faculty on research projects, learning how to design, conduct, analyze experiments.

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Research topics in our department are diverse, including animal social behavior, learning and memory, decision making, addiction, developmental plasticity (including the effects of brain injury, stress and drugs on brain development), neural coding, motor control, comparative neuroanatomy, comparative behavioural analysis, attention, and robotics.

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As a smaller program, the research-based MA in New Media offers an exceptional level of interaction with faculty. 

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The MFA New Media program provides graduate students the opportunity to explore innovative approaches to digital art and design through theoretical and practical scholarship. As a smaller program with high caliber students and first-rate digital facilities, the MFA in New Media offers an exceptional level of interaction with faculty who are practicing artists, designers, and scholars engaged in extensive collaboration and interdisciplinary research and production. Bolstered by prolific and national renowned fine arts and performance arts communities, the program offers student unique opportunities to contribute to the vibrant cultural like of the region.

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The purpose of this program is to meet the demand for an accessible and relevant Master of Nursing (MN) degree that addresses the needs of adult learners in the nursing profession who wish to continue life-long learning, gain additional credentials, and become leaders in nursing practice, education and research. Students will choose to complete a course-based, a project, or a thesis pathway.

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The Nursing major in the Master of Science program provides students with solid groundwork in conducting nursing research. It also establishes a foundation regarding the uptake of knowledge (knowledge transference) to clinical practice.

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The Department of Philosophy is home to a group of professors whose research is recognized across Canada and beyond. Our members have published in some of the best journals in the field, have national and international reputations for their work, and have made contributions to important debates on a broad range of issues. We take our teaching work just as seriously as our research.

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For more information about Physics at the University of Lethbridge please visit the Department of Physics & Astronomy webpage.

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Focuses on for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and their industrial and institutional environments, organizational ecology, inter-organizational networks, organizational and institutional change,strategic choice and implementation, top management team dynamics, corporate governance and other subjects. Students will acquire a variety of skills that will allow them to critically evaluate theory and research about organizations and their environments and to undertake their own research in the field.

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The Political Science major offers flexibility and an individualized program of study. Students typically complete between three and six graduate-level courses, usually through independent studies or by sitting in on 4000-level undergraduate courses and completing additional work.

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The PhD in Population Studies in Health is interdisciplinary in nature and delivered jointly by the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the Health Sciences and Social Science disciplines.

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Both the M.Sc. and M.A. in Psychology are research-based programs that train students in research methods and data analysis in the Psychological Sciences. The goal of both programs is to train high-quality researchers and prepare students for Ph.D. programs in Psychology and related disciplines. The main difference between the programs is the area of focus.

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Both the M.Sc. and M.A. in Psychology are research-based programs that train students in research methods and data analysis in the Psychological Sciences. The goal of both programs is to train high-quality researchers and prepare students for Ph.D. programs in Psychology and related disciplines. The main difference between the programs is the area of focus.

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This Graduate Certificate program prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate health programs and learn how to analyze and consider the ethical implications of health policy and is delivered on the Lethbridge Campus.

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Students may pursue a Masters degree in Religious Studies in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or East Asian Religions, provided they closely align with the expertise of our departmental members. Our members might also supervise MAs in other areas aligned with their ongoing research projects.

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The MSc in Remote Sensing enables students to develop advanced research skills in remote sensing. The objective of the program is to accommodate students interested in studying aspects of remote sensing that are not contained in the geographical research domain. These students are often interested in the physics of remote sensing, radiative transfer, and atmospheric remote sensing, or have backgrounds outside of the discipline of geography.

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The MA program in the Department of Sociology is a two-year graduate program designed to provide students an intellectually stimulating and vibrant academic environment to enhance their “sociological thinking” through graduate-level coursework and thesis-based research.

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This major offers concentrations in:  Applied mathematics, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Computational and theoretical chemistry, Computer science, Geophysics, Mathematical biology, Nanoscience, Pure mathematics, Statistics, and Theoretical physics

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Urban & Regional Studies (URS) delves into the physical, social, economic and political factors that shape our cities. It looks at the role of planning to manage dynamic forces of change such as immigration, global warming, aging populations, energy conservation, congestion, urban forests, homelessness and smog, to name just a few. Issues include the evolving social, ethnic and architectural character of urban neighbourhoods, the decline of agricultural service centres in the west or the governance of urban sprawl.

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The department of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Lethbridge offers a dynamic, inter-disciplinary and rigorous Master of Arts in Women & Gender Studies. Our faculty also teach and supervise students in the CSPT program (MA and PhD levels).

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