Master of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications

VIU International, Canada

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Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,040

Course Accredited By

NA

  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree

*This course is also present in online mode

Take your love of mapping things out, analyzing data and using spatial science to predict change to the next level with a Master of Geographic Information Systems Applications at VIU.

GIS master’s program graduates have a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as forestry, resource management, urban and rural planning, government, banking, transportation and many more.

The MGISA program is available to students with any undergraduate degree who have experience or training with GIS. This online Master of Geographical Information System covers both academic and practical application of spatial analysis, learning in classrooms and working hands-on with ArcGIS by ESRI GIS software.

The program consists of two stages; each stage has 30 credits. Stage 1 involves the same courses as the current Advanced Diploma, and is available both face-to-face and online; the Stage 2 courses will be delivered online, with face-to-face or online supervision and defence of the research project.

The program combines a strong academic foundation with professional skills by requiring both academic courses (including labs and seminars) and a research project, thus generating an intellectual environment in which students can enhance their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the area of Geographic Information Science.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022
  • January 2022
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
  • Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Graduate Programs.
  • Significant previous experience or training in GIS including completion of an introductory GIS course from an accredited post-secondary institution.
     

A letter of intent that includes:

  • a summary of academic and professional experience; and
  • a statement of career goals; and
  • a description of the research topic which the applicant wishes to pursue.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Participation (if requested) in an interview conducted by the Admissions Committee.

Stage 1
(Foundations of Geographic Information Systems)
(Geodatabases)
(General Spatial Analysis)
(Advanced Applied Spatial Analysis)
(Visual Programming for GIS)
(Management Issues in GIS)
(GIS Applications Project: Practicum)
(Internet GIS)

Stage 2

(GIS Infrastructure)
(Advanced Techniques in GIS)
(Research Project Development)
(Master's Research Project)


Program Outline - Fully Online
Stage 1

(Foundations of Geographic Information Systems)
(Geodatabases)
(Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing)
(General Spatial Analysis)
(Advanced Applied Spatial Analysis)
(Global Positioning Systems and Survey Analysis)
(Programming Foundations)
(Visual Programming for GIS)
(Management Issues in GIS)
(Internet GIS)

Stage 2
(GIS Infrastructure)
(Advanced Techniques in GIS)
(Research Project Development)
(Master's Research Project)
 

Fees - Year 1 (Stage 1) Amount Tuition (30 credits x $340.77 per credit) 10,223.10 

Student Activity fee (30 credits x $9.41 per credit) 282.30 

VIU Students' Union fee (12 months x $20.90 per month) 250.80 

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 

Textbooks (approximate costs) 300.00 

Personal computer and GPS receiver (approximate costs) 2,000.00 

Total 13,331.20

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