Geomatics Engineering

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Course-based program

Program overview

The MEng in geomatics engineering program gives you a competitive advantage in an increasingly global economy that is more and more reliant on digitized location and positioning data. You can complete this course-based master’s degree in two years studying full time, or in six years studying part time – depending on your career objectives. This program is one of only four in Canada, and is the largest and most internationally recognized, sparking a strong demand throughout North America for our graduates. With this graduate-level education, you will be well positioned to advance your career into management roles across a wide variety of sectors ranging from unmanned vehicles, robotics, and land and industrial surveying, to aerospace, navigation and location services, energy and natural resources, and agriculture.

We also offer this program as an accelerated, 4+1 program for students in engineering or science who would like to complete their MEng degree within one year of finishing their BSc. In their final year, undergraduate students can take up to three extra-to-degree, senior-level undergraduate or graduate courses that will count towards their master’s. As grad students, they can then complete their MEng with just seven additional courses in as little as one year.

Completing this program

  • Core courses: 10 courses can be selected from topics including: Advanced Topics in Sensor Web and Internet of Things, Digital Image Processing and GNSS Theory and Applications; Spatial Databases and Data Mining, Optical Imaging Metrology, Earth Observation for the Environment, Atmospheric Effects on Satellite Navigation Systems, Geocomputation and more.
  • Professional development: Two professional development courses cover communication styles, presentation skills, supervisory relationships, respect in the lab, health and safety, and more.
  • Accelerated MEng (4+1 program): Students entering their final year of a BSc in engineering or science can take up to three extra-to-degree, pre-approved, senior undergraduate or graduate courses. These course credits will transfer towards the MEng in geomatics engineering, leaving students with only seven courses remaining in their master’s degree. Interested students – who have completed their third year of undergraduate studies – can email meng@ucalgary.ca to receive more information on pursuing this option.

     

Outcomes

Industry, government agencies, space agencies, research institutions and academia related to the following sectors: land and industrial surveying, mapping, land tenure, navigation, location services, aerospace, internet of things, environment and hazards, energy and natural resources, agriculture, biomedical, civil, mining, transportation, robotics, automotive, electronics, computer software.

A course-based master’s degree in geomatics engineering is usually considered a final degree.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

1-2 years full-time; 6 years maximum; part-time available

Supervisor

No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

MEng degrees are self-funded.

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

Admission Requirements


GPA

A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four-year baccalaureate degree in geomatics, civil or electrical and computer engineering, or in physics, computer science, geography, or an equivalent degree, from a recognized institution.

Work samples

None

Documents

One official copy of your final transcript (and degree certificate if degree is not clearly stated on transcript) in signed, sealed envelope from institution attended. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the online application for initial evaluation purposes. Admission offers, however, are conditional upon receipt of official transcripts.   

  • Official transcripts can be mailed to us directly from the institution, or they can be mailed to you directly and you can send them to us yourself
  • We will not accept unsealed official transcripts as official

References

Two references (academic references preferred, professional references accepted). Please provide the names and email addresses of your references in the online application. Addresses from general email providers will not be accepted (i.e. Hotmail , Yahoo, Gmail, etc.). All reference emails must come from an institution or company email address.

Test scores

None


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Apr. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Apr. 15 application deadline

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Aug. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Aug. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Geomatics Engineering - MEng Office

Schulich School of Engineering
ENC 205, Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
403.220.2001

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Visit the Schulich School of Engineering website



Highlights of the Geomatics program

These stories from those involved in the program show what it's like to be involved yourself.

Trusted Positioning Inc

Tech startup with roots in UCalgary Geomatics Department

Trusted Positioning Inc., born out of the geomatics department, sold for $36 million

Steve Liang

Making the internet of things a universal force

Steve Liang, an Avenue Magazine's Top 40 under 40, is standardizing connectivity

Quazi Hassan

Using NASA satellites to predict forest fires

Quazi Hassan puts geomatics engineering to work making remote parts of Alberta safer