New Pathway to a GIS Master’s Degree for Fleming College Graduates

Geomatics-Institute-at-FlemingFleming College graduates now have the option of completing a master’s degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU) – the first pathway of its kind for the college.

VIU and Fleming have signed an agreement that allows eligible graduates of Fleming’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs to enter the second year of VIU’s Master of GIS Applications program (MGISA).

“This agreement is ground-breaking for Fleming College. Vancouver Island University has acknowledged our 10-month program as equivalent to one year at the master’s degree level,” said Linda Skilton, Principal of Fleming’s Frost Campus and Dean of the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. “This pathway is extremely attractive to students as it reduces the time required to complete a graduate degree by one year. We believe this will pave the way for other universities to consider pursuing similar agreements with colleges.”

New Pathway to a GIS Master’s Degree for Fleming College Graduates

his agreement is ground-breaking for Fleming CollegeFleming’s GIS – Applications Specialist and GIS – Cartographic Specialist programs are 10-month graduate certificate programs within Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.

Both programs offer in-class or online delivery options. GIS students who attend Fleming come from all over Ontario and across Canada and have typically completed a four-year honours degree before pursuing graduate studies at the college.

Fleming was the first college in Ontario to offer GIS training more than 20 years ago. Its leadership in the field has been recognized by industry, government and business through their support in establishing the Geomatics Institute at Fleming. These partnerships provide students access to the latest computer hardware, software, data resources and field technology used in the industry as well as unprecedented learning and employment opportunities.

“As the GIS industry grows its base and its software becomes more technical, so too does the requirements in academic research. Through applied learning, those graduating Fleming will have a deep understanding of the GIS data and toolset,” said Shawn Morgan, Coordinator of Fleming’s GIS programs. “The VIU-Fleming agreement gives students an opportunity to fast track into the research portion of their master’s with that unique combination of skills, learned from a unique combination of academic and industry professionals.”

Logo-Vancouver-Island-universityVIU’s Master of Geographic Information Systems Applications (MGISA) is a two-year program divided into two stages. Stage 1, which Fleming students would be able to bypass under this new agreement, focuses on technical skills, while Stage 2 is the self-directed research portion and advanced technical training.

Both stages are available in a fully online or blended format. MGISA graduates can apply for positions other GIS students are not qualified for, such as senior GIS Analyst and GIS Manager positions, as well as research positions at universities and in the industry. Their starting incomes are likely to be higher than students who do not hold a master’s degree.

“In many government career tracks in particular, a master’s degree is often a requirement to qualify for more senior positions, and the MGISA program is therefore attracting students who already have a GIS position but are seeking to move up in their careers,” said Dr. Paul Zandbergen, MGISA Program Coordinator and Professor in the GIS Program. “VIU is excited about the agreement with Fleming’s GIS program since it increases the pool of potential applicants and promotes the program to students in Eastern Canada, who may not have previously looked at VIU for their graduate education.”

Fleming expects 10-15 GIS graduates – out of a total of about 60 – to apply for the competitive MGISA program. Click here for more information on the GIS programs at Fleming College, and click here for more details on VIU’s MGISA program.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni.

About Vancouver Island University
Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU) offers programs that include graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational programs and trades, as well as access programs. There are campuses in Nanaimo, Duncan and Powell River and a centre in Parksville-Qualicum. With roots that date back to 1936, today VIU is a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population of 18,000 learners, including 1,800 international students and approximately 2,000 Indigenous students.


GIS Training at Colleges and Universities

Our ever evolving Geomatics industry has lead to increased demands for specialized GIS training, and Canada has remained on top of the leading GIS education providers for many years. Here are some of the best Colleges and Universities that offer GIS related programs. This page was created on the site a number of years back to highlight some of the best Colleges and Universities in Canada that offer GIS related programs.

Algonquin College GIS Graduate Certificate

Algonquin College GIS Graduate Certificate

Prerequisites: University degree or College Diploma

Info:Algonquin College GIS The Geographic Information Systems certificate program offered through the School of Advanced Technology at Algonquin helps to provide students with a solid background in GIS technology, cartography, remote sensing, and web GIS application customization. Students learn GIS theory coupled with everyday GIS practical skills as courses are orientated in a way to help better prepare students for employment opportunities in various Geomatics sectors. The 1 year GIS program is considered to be a “Mobile Learning Program” meaning that students are required to have their own laptop computing device.

Contact Info

David Broscoe – GIS Coordinator
613-727-4723, Ext. 3350
broscod@algonquincollege.com

See the Course Web Site for more details.

 

Okanagan College Advanced GIS Certificate

Okanagan College Advanced GIS Certificate

Location: Salmon Arm, British Columbia
GIS Programs: Advanced GIS Certificate

Info: These days more and more professionals are called upon to manage and process geographic information using GIS technology to accomplish their tasks. To help them better meet these needs, Okanagan College in British Columbia has been offering a variety of different GIS courses. Everything from the short 1 month online intro courses right up to the more comprehensive certificate program.Okanagan College Advanced GIS Certificate

With the Advanced GIS Certificate program students learn the essentials of using GIS to create detailed maps, edit and manage spatial data and manage geographic based projects. More advanced topics include raster analysis,  working with 3D data, and how to use GPS to collect data and perform spatial analysis.

A blend of theory and practical application are combined to ensure that graduates are prepared to enter the work force in a variety of different employment opportunities.

Contact Info

2552 10th Ave NE (TCH)
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 2S4

Tel: (250) 832-2126

See the Course Program page for more details.

 [sources: okanagan.bc.ca]


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Durham College GIS Certificate

Durham College Online GIS Certificate

Durham College Online GIS Certificate

Location: Salmon Arm, British Columbia
GIS Programs: Advanced GIS Certificate

Info: 

Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology is located in the Durham Region of Ontario. The Durham College GIS Certificate program is designed for students who want to develop skills and knowledge appropriate for entry level positions. It has been designed to accommodate someone who seeks basic understanding of business practices combined with geographic knowledge.

The GIS program is offered online.

Durham College


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Sault College of Applied Technology

Sault College GIS Graduate Certificate

Program: GIS Graduate Certificate (Applications Specialist)Sault College GIS Graduate Certificate

Sault College of Applied Technology’s one year post-grad program provides geomatics students with various different backgrounds an opportunity to build upon their existing expertise and existing education.

The post-graduate certificate program from Sault College has been known to prepare students for a solid career in geomatics through the integration of industry practiced GIS and remote sensing techniques. Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills with interactive engaging hands-on training using the latest GIS and remote sensing software available in a Sault College Applied Research Centre state of the art GIS computer lab.

Sault College GIS Graduate Certificate

A strong emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamentals and theory of GIS with a focus on hands-on training. Courses provide practical experiences in the use of ArcGIS, ENVI, PCI Geomatica, MS Access, MS Project and other industry standard software products, as well as Visual Basic, SQL, and ArcObjects programming languages. Students get the opportunity to work on specific industry related projects, including a 4 week field placement that provides opportunities to apply skills and knowledge gained through the class room into real world situations that can help build upon their career portfolios.

The integration of fieldwork using GPS equipment into the Geographic Information Systems environment is included. As a student who is sponsored by an employer, they have an opportunity to work on specific and real world projects. One of the many highlights is that students will participate in a four-week field placement with a potential employer in a location and aspect of GIS that meets the employer`s needs. Students may have the opportunity to be involved in applied research projects.

 

The worldwide demand for more efficient ways to gather and interpret spatial data on resources and other features of the earth`s surface is constantly increasing. This high-tech, leading-edge program provides the graduate with the skills to become an integral part of an industry that is resulting in a variety of disciplines. New applications of GIS technology provide graduates access to job opportunities presently available to few.

More program specifics & info

Contact Info

Program Coordinator Heath Bishop

heath.bishop@saultcollege.ca (705) 759-2554 ext 2616

Visit the Sault College of Applied Technology web page for more details on the program.

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications – Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University (VIU) has developed as one of Canada’s centers for GIS education

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications Vancouver Island UniversityVIU’s Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications (ADGISA)is offered both with either an In-Class or a fully Online version. In both options, students learn how to use GIS as spatial information and problem-solving tools in addressing real world problems. The eight month In-Class program is equally divided between learning hands-on concepts and mastering GIS as a tool in solving real world problems.

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications Vancouver Island UniversityThe online program is similar to the In-Class program but spread out over sixteen months and tailored to those who are currently employed or can not relocate to Nanaimo, British Columbia.  Both options are delivered as a package and no individual courses are offered. ESRI’s ArcGIS is the main software package used in the delivery of these programs including a select number of course modules, available through ESRI’s Virtual Campus.

VIU has six experts in GIS and Remote Sensing, three of whom teach full-time in the ADGISA program. All of the ADGISA instructors are dedicated, full-time faculty members committed to ensuring our students’ success. A very high proportion of program graduates have successfully secured full-time jobs in GIS.

The VIU Master of GIS Applications (MGISA) program is a two-stage program offering both Blended (Face-to-Face/Online) and Fully Online options. The program is designed for both students who have little exposure to GIS and for students who have already completed a post-graduate GIS Diploma. For students with little experience, the program is 2 or 2½ years in length, depending on whether the Blended of Fully Online option is chosen. Those students who already hold a post-graduate GIS Diploma may be eligible for advanced entry into the final year of the program.GIS Applications Vancouver Island University

Contact Info:

  • Email: dave.cake@viu.ca
  • Phone: 1.888.920.2221
  • Address : Nanaimo, BC V9R 7B4, Canada

For more details refer to the GIS Applications Vancouver Island University site https://www2.viu.ca/adgisa/ or the Mater of GIS Applications program page http://www2.viu.ca/mgisa

Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS)

Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) logo

 Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS)

The Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) has been providing Geomatics related education to students dating back to 1948 when it was known as the Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute (NSLSI). Over the years since then the survey school morphed into a well established diversified training institution for geographic sciences including survey, cartography, remote sensing and GIS.

The college has evolved to become one of the largest technical education centers in the field of Geomatics with a reputation of producing some of the Canada’s best grads. The school has changed names and programs over the years but they continues to offer a wide range of Geomatic disciplines to meet the changing need of industry. A complete history of the school was published as the Story of COGS and available to download free.

Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) - using Total Station

One of the more popular well known programs at COGS is the Advanced Diploma in Geographic Sciences designed to add a technical hands-on component to an existing University Degree. This GIS program prepares students to join the Geomatics Industry in roles such as GIS Specialists, Technologists or GIS Analysts.

The program is broken into two semesters, the first is a common one shared with other programs such as the Advanced Diploma in Remote Sensing, the second one offers students the opportunity to specialize in a number of GIS based disciplines enabling them to build on their existing education and skill sets.

Theoretical knowledge, spatial analysis and programming is emphasized providing students with knowledge about the history of the technology coupled with the interrelationship that GIS and other sciences and technologies can generate when brought together. Students are also provided with a range of Geomatics skills beyond GIS including basic geodesy concepts, GPS surveying, Programming Fundamentals and spatial thinking / perception.

Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) - Flood Simulation Modeling with High Resolution LIDAR

The COGS program boosts that over 90% of their graduates find employment in related areas of their field based on post graduate survey and communication that they maintain with their alumni after the program has ended. They also have a mailing list that is maintained by the school and regularly used to send out related jobs to students and alumni all throughout the year. In the second semester of the program the school organizes a career fair where various companies and organizations such as ESRI come to the school to recruit graduates.

Applied Geomatics Research program is a second diploma meant to complement the Advanced Diploma in Geographic Sciences. This program emphasizes the application of GIS in a research environment where students are paired up with outside organizations where they work on real world projects. The GIS program has been very successful due to the significant federal investment into the infrastructure of the program providing students with the latest software products, GPS equipment and even LIDAR and high-resolution aerial photography.

“Since January 2000, AGRG has conducted applied research on the application of geomatics technologies to research questions in the environmental sciences, natural resource management and health informatics sectors. The AGRG group has a particularly unique expertise in LiDar technology, being one of the few post secondary educational institutions in the world with its own airborne and ground based LiDAR systems.”

COGS also offers a few other variations of GIS programs including a two year Diploma in Geographic Sciences designed for students that do not have a University degree, a GIS for Business program where GIS is utilized for solving business related problems.

Contact

902-825-3491 / avc.info@nscc.ca

50 Elliott Road Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

See the GIS Program page for more details.

 [source: cogs.ns.ca / COGS Alumni]


 

College of the North Atlantic

College of the North Atlantic Geomatics

Programs: Geomatics Technician Diploma
Prerequisites: High SchoolCollege of the North Atlantic Geomatics

The College of the North Atlantic Geomatics program deals with all aspects of Geomatics, including GIS, GPS and field training with state of the art surveying instrumentation and Geomatics software.  In addition to theoretical instruction, students obtain considerable field and office experience through a combination of labs, field camps, and work terms.

The Geomatics Technician Diploma is a 3 year program based around cooperative education to help provide students with experience to accompany their technical training.

Contact Info

153 Ridge Road

St. John’s, Newfoundland
A1C 6L8
(709) 758-7000

See the Course Web Site for more details.

http://www.cna.nl.ca/programs-courses/show-program-details.asp?program=96

http://www.cna.nl.ca/programs-courses/show-program-details.asp?program=51

Niagara College

Niagara College GIS Certificate

Location: Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
Program(s): GIS Certificate
Prerequisites: University degree or College Diploma

Niagara College GIS CertificateAt Niagara College they combine GIS, remote sensing and geodatabase management together throughout the three terms. The one year GIS Certificate program at Niagara on the Lake Campus includes a thesis project that students work on for the whole term while working along side with employers to help design and implement real world GIS projects.

Niagara continuously updates their GIS program to meet the changing and evolving needs of the Geomatics industry. A full year long thesis project is required where students get to work with real employers designing and implementing real world GIS skills on a real world project. The Niagara College offers a $750 bursary to eligible students who are enrolled in full time Graduate Certificate Program such as the GIS program.

“When deciding to go back to school at the age of 36, I wanted to get into the Niagara College GIS / Geospatial Management program. When I found out that I needed to have a degree or relevant work experience to get in; I spent 5 ½ years in university to obtain a BSc. in Geography.

This program is THAT highly regarded.

While centered mostly on ESRI software and products, this program also provides experience in MapInfo, Manifold, AutoCAD Map 3D, ERDAS Imagine as well as various elements of programming. The best part of this program is the year long thesis project in which students apply to and partner with industry to provide real world GIS solutions to real clients.

While the program can sometimes be demanding, students will be incredibly prepared to enter the workforce. I do not know one person who ever regretted taking this program. The skills I learned in the program I use every day. ” Darren Platakis – Niagara College GIS Graduate

See the Course Web Site for more details.

[sources: niagaracollege.ca / wikipedia.org / Darren Platakis]


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