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Advanced Diploma in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Applications - Online
Advanced Diploma in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Applications - Online

Advanced Diploma in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Applications - Online

  • ID:VIU010014
  • Level:3-Year Undergraduate Advanced Diploma
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Fees (CAD)

* Student Activity fee, VIU Students' Union fee, cost for books

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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

    • Computer literacy, preferably at least one course in Computer Science.

English Requirements

  • TOEFL Paper Based Test, 550 (no section below 56)

  • TOEFL IBT, 88 (no section below 20)

  • IELTS (Academic), 6.5 (no band below 6.0)

  • CAEL, 60

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), 176 overall

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), 176 overall

  • English Studies 12 (BC), Min. “C”

  • Pearson (PTE), 60 (no section below 60)

  • International Baccalaureate English A1/A2, Higher Level (HL)/ Standard Level (SL) grade 3 or higher

  • VIU English Language Centre, Successful completion of University Preparation Level 5

  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition, Grade 2 or higher

  • Recognized university where English is the language of instruction., Completion of six credits of post-secondary English composition and literature with a minimum grade of “C”

  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), English at the O-level with a minimum grade of C or 4

  • CAEL online (Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 only), 60

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition (Fall 2021/Spring 2022 only), 88 (no section below 20)

Course Information

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.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

275 CAD/year

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