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Advanced Diploma in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Applications

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

January 2023

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Total Course Fee

USD 14,040

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  • 8 Months
  • Online
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma

This course is also present in online mode Strengthen your employment opportunities in the expanding field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications with VIU’s Advanced GIS diploma program. Almost every field of study has a spatial component and GIS specialists have a range of career opportunities in areas such as forestry, resource management, urban and rural planning, government, banking, transportation and many more.

VIU’s GIS Diploma program prepares students to capture, map and analyze geographic data using ArcGIS by ESRI GIS software.Students can choose between an 8-month in class program which also includes a work-study practicum and a 16-month online program.

The Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications provides skills training in geographic information systems (GIS) to university and college graduates who wish to strengthen their employment opportunities in GIS applications – an area that is in high demand around the world.

During this intensive program delivered over two terms, students will learn to use GIS as a spatial informational and problem-solving tool. Content is equally divided between developing hands-on competency in GIS technology and using GIS as a tool in resolving geographic problems through assignments and project work. Students in the program will be well positioned to secure employment upon graduation.

ESRI’s ArcGIS is the main software package used in the delivery of this program. Published materials and instructional courseware packages will provide support for each course. A select number of course modules, available through ESRI’s Virtual Campus, will be incorporated into the delivery of specific courses. Use of these modules enables students and instructors to keep pace with changes in the world’s most popular GIS package – ArcGIS.

All in-class students are required to complete a nine-week GIS project in the second term of the program. The project is intended to provide students with an opportunity to apply GIS knowledge and skills learned in the first term. Each student will be required to select a potential sponsor and develop a project proposal in consultation with the sponsor.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2023
  • October 2023
  • University degree or technical diploma from an accredited college or institute.

Applicants must provide evidence of having completed the following introductory-level courses from an accredited post-secondary institution, preferably within the last three years:

  • Geographic Information Systems (equivalent to VIU’s GEOG 328).
  • Computer literacy, preferably at least one course in Computer Science.
  • 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 Academic Programs.

Program Outline - In Class

  • Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications – In Class
  • 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)

Program Outline - Online

  • Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications – Online
  • Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
  • Geodatabases
  • General Spatial Analysis
  • Advanced Applied Spatial Analysis
  • Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing
  • Global Positioning Systems and Survey Analysis
  • Programming Foundations
  • Visual Programming for GIS
  • Management Issues in GIS
  • Internet GIS
  • In-Class Program Fees 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 (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Approximate cost for books 200.00 
  • Total 11,147.60

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