24 months
18360 CAD/year
5213 CAD/year
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The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications program from Vancouver Island University 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. 

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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.

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications program from Vancouver Island University  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 Master of Geographic Information System Applications (MGISA) Program builds on the existing Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications (ADGISA) Program by providing opportunities for students to strengthen their GIS skills, enabling them to compete more effectively and for better positions in the job market.

Program Length 

The MGIS program is a minimum of two full years in length. The first 30 credits may be taken face-to-face in one year or online in one-and-a-half years, as in the current Advanced Diploma. Thus, the program may be taken as a two and one-half year fully online program, with a start date of January and a completion date of August, or as a two-full-year blended face-to-face/online program, with a September start date a completion date of August.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Geodatabases
  • General Spatial Analysis
  • Advanced Applied Spatial Analysis
  • Visual Programming for GIS 
  • GIS Applications Project: Practicum
  • Internet GIS

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Ongoing application for domestic students.


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
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120 alternative credits


Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18360 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36720 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    5213 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10427 CAD for the full programme during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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