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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.

Career Opportunities

With its focus on GIS applications, the program will graduate students who are well qualified to assume employment as GIS applications professionals in any of the following fields:

  • Business – marketing, real estate, property development.
  • Education – primary, middle, secondary, colleges, universities, research institutes, libraries.
  • Engineering – surveying, civil.
  • Government – urban and regional planning, public administration, health, education, heritage.
  • Media – news papers, magazines, television, internet.
  • Natural resource management/environmental management – air, land, and water including forestry, agriculture, fisheries, mining.
  • Research – physical and biological, social sciences, humanities.
  • Security – public safety, law enforcement, immigration, national security, defense.
  • Transportation – planning, systems management.
  • Utilities – oil and gas pipelines, electrical transmission, telephony.

Hangi bölümdeyim?

Faculty of Art, Design and Performing Arts

Öğrenim seçenekleri

Full Time (8 ay)

Okul ücreti
CAN $17,400 for the entire course
Başlangıç tarihi

6 Eylül 2022


Faculty of Art, Design and Performing Arts

900 Fifth Street,


British Columbia (BC),

V9R 5S5, Canada

Online/Uzaktan (16 ay)

Okul ücreti
CAN $17,400 for the entire course
Başlangıç tarihi

6 Ocak 2022

Giriş koşulları

Uluslararası öğrenciler için

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.

The program is taught and assessed in English. Students whose first language is not English may be required to show evidence of proficiency in English (i.e., minimum TOEFL 550, IELTS 6.0).

Recommendations for Admission

Academic or applied experience in remote sensing and databases would be advantageous.

Seçtiğiniz bölüme bağlı olarak farklı IELTS koşulları olabilir.