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Geospatial Information Technology


Course-based program

Program overview

The Certificate in Geospatial Information Technology will give you marketable and specific career expertise that builds and diversifies your technical skills.

It enables graduates from any academic discipline that uses spatial data to supplement your education with practical knowledge about the technology of geospatial applications. You will build the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to understand, analyze, and interpret spatial information across a broad range of applications with the most current, available information technology, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial modelling and digital mapping.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students will take courses on digital mapping and geographic visualization, fundamentals of geographic information science, fundamentals of remote sensing, and applied statistics and spatial analysis.


Graduates have the skill set and knowledge to use geospatial concepts to work within interdisciplinary teams that include geospatial technology professionals, such as GIS analysts, remote sensing technicians, and cartographers.

Many different industries and sectors use GIS and remote sensing technologies, including oil and gas, information technology, insurance, forestry and environment, government, health and medical, advertising, and urban planning.Furthermore, organizations in each of these sectors can benefit from managers and staff who are literate in geospatial technologies and who can lead teams or liaise between departments.

The Geospatial Information Technology Certificate program will provide students with a graduate-level credential.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four months


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

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

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Admission requirements


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 or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples




Current curriculum vitae or résumé

A statement of interest outlining your goals, motivation for applying to the program, and particular area of interest within the field of geospatial information technology (e.g., remote sensing, geographic information systems, spatial modeling, geospatial analytics).

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

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


For admission on September 1:

Canadians and permanent residents:

  • March 1 application deadline

International students:

  • March 1 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

Geospatial Information Technology

Department of Geography

Earth Sciences Building, Room 356

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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Faculty of Arts

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

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