Geographic Information Systems (Ottawa)

Algonquin College
1 year
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

About this program

Geographic Information Systems (Ottawa)

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
  • programming
  • 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.

Admission requirements

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 Eligibility

  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent in a related field, or equivalent with departmental approval.
  • Applicants may be required to complete the an Assessment for Advanced Programs (ELAAP-IT) administered by the Test Centre for which a fee of $50 (subject to change).
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject-specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Introduction to Programming
  • GIS Foundation Skills
  • Spatial Data and Data Collection
  • Statistics and Data Representation
  • Database Design and Management

Level: 02

  • Cooperative Education Readiness
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • Digital Map Compilation
  • GIS Programming 1
  • Cartographic Design and VIsualization
  • Geospatial Analytical Methods
  • GIS Applications and Project Planning

Level: 03

  • Remote Sensing 2
  • GIS Programming 2
  • Web GIS Applications
  • GIS Project

Co-op: 01

  • Work Term I

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Create digital geographic data sets to given specifications suitable for use in GIS applications and digital mapping.
  2. Use GIS software effectively in various situations, to create required documents and applications.
  3. Organize, manipulate, summarize and analyze spatial and aspatial data by effectively utilizing statistical and database design concepts.
  4. Analyze complex geographic data sets according to given specifications and parameters.
  5. Create programs for specific tasks or purpose by applying software programming concepts and techniques.
  6. Plan and successfully execute a GIS project within a given time frame, as an individual or a group member.
  7. Present complex information to a given audience in verbal, visual, and/or report form.
  8. Interpret, georeference, correct, and classify remotely-sensed imagery for use in GIS.
  9. Apply cartographic design principles to create hard-copy maps and/or digital displays, which show information clearly and concisely.
  10. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

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.

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1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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