Master of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications

Master of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications

Master degree
24 months
Application deadlines: Ongoing
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: CA$106
Full-time, Distance & online learning
Intakes: September
International tuition: CA$39,458
Domestic tuition: CA$13,913

Program overview

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.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus
Completely online



  • Duolingo English Test
Stage 1 Admission Requirements A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. 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 Graduate Programs. 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. Completion of Stage 1 does not guarantee acceptance into Stage 2. For all students, acceptance into Stage 2 will be based on: Meeting the program’s Stage 1 admission requirements. Completion of Stage 1, VIU’s Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications (ADGISA), or an equivalent post-graduate GIS diploma program with a minimum grade of “B” in all GIS diploma courses. Satisfactory assessment of the intended research topic, to ensure its complexity is appropriate for a Master's level of study and that the scope of work is achievable within the duration of the program. The Duolingo English Test (only For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) - 110

Career opportunities

GIS master’s program 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.

Campus location

Nanaimo , Canada