Algonquin College

Geographic Information Systems

Graduate Certificate

Specialize your career path - Explore geographic science and information systems technology.
The one-year Geographic Information Systems Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides you with knowledge and skills relating to geographic and cartographic science, with a focal point on information systems technology.
In this program, you use both hands-on and theoretical approaches to explore topics such as:

field data collection
remote sensing
enterprise geo-database design and management
cloud-based services
application development
2D and 3D cartographic design
spatial analysis and project management
A key part of this program is the independent project that you begin in your first semester and complete throughout your studies. You identify an area of interest, develop a project proposal, and then implement and complete your project, all in collaboration with an industry or government sponsor.
Students also have the option to gain real-world experience through a paid co-operative education (co-op) work term (see Additional Information for more details). Please note that places in the co-op work term are subject to availability and academic eligibility. Please note admission to the co-op program does not guarantee a co-op placement.
The use of GIS in various business environments is growing. Graduates may find work in:

utility/resource management companies
survey/engineering/environmental companies
software companies
municipal, provincial or federal agencies
Graduates may also seek employment in jobs where GIS is a tool used within the discipline of their previous degree or diploma.
This program is well-suited for students who:

Have the ability to summarize and present technical topics both orally and in written formats.
Have an aptitude for computer technology.
Are able to analyze, evaluate and apply relevant geographic information from a variety of sources.
Have a strong sense for spatial relationships.
Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
Can work effectively in a teamwork environment.

Program Duration:
1 Year
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
Winter 2023:
Fall 2023:
Spring 2023:
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