Use the most modern GIS technologies to solve problems across a range of disciplines. Apply your prior education to work in agriculture, forestry, environmental management or natural resources.
From Google to governments and marketing to mineral exploration, geographic information systems are used across a variety of industries. No matter what industry you are currently in, this advanced diploma gives you the opportunity to launch a new career or add a new marketable skill to your résumé. Build on your existing post-secondary education and learn cutting-edge environmental technologies.
Learn current GIS technologies and how to use them to solve real-world problems. You will use geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and global positioning systems (GPS), and drone technology to detail minute variations in land, water, vegetation and nutrient conditions.
Experience with modern equipment and software will make you a hot commodity in resource-based industries. Learn to analyze data, find and incorporate related information, and then translate it into practical management decisions that can be applied in any number of industries.
Your career can take you almost anywhere: government, private industry and community organizations. There is tremendous opportunity for you in agriculture, forestry, watershed and environmental management, land use planning, natural resources and transportation.
This is an advanced diploma and requires a prior diploma or degree as a pre-requisite.
Two-year diploma or university degree.
English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.
Careers & Connections
Aimed at university and college graduates who wish to add GIS knowledge to their skillset, this advanced diploma prepares you for a wide variety of occupations and fields, such as:
- Land planning and resource management organizations
- Conservation districts
- Government organizations
- Consulting practices
Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.
Tools & Supplies
Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.
As a registered student, you have access to the ArcGIS Student Edition (1 year) of the current version. It will include all necessary Extensions. It is important to note that ArcGIS is a commercial software package that is restricted to personal use by the student. It is unlawful for anyone to use this software package to generate personal or corporate profit or revenue.
All other software will either be trial versions or Open Source and can be downloaded and installed as required.
Students will need access to some office-type software (Microsoft Office, Office 365 or another Open Source office suite). Students can obtain a Microsoft license at a reduced price through the ACC IT Services.
Specific instructions on software will be provided in the courses.
Bring Your Own Device
Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed.
GIS is considered a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, but requires only an Android or iPhone smartphone to download free GIS software.
Courses & Costs
To graduate with a Geographic Information Systems advanced diploma, students must successfully complete 60 credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.
Please Note: In an advanced certificate or diploma, no credit is granted from a credential (e.g. diploma, baccalaureate degree) which is used as an entrance prerequisite for that program or through PLAR.
Courses are preset and are delivered in a specific order. There is a tracking sheet to help you keep track of course completions:
There are 10 courses in the program which were selected and designed based on ongoing input from Program Advisors and the GIS industry. The objective is to provide students with current relevant skills and knowledge needed in the GIS industry. Courses include:
- GIS Analysis
- GIS Project Management
- GPS Applications
- GIS Database Management
- Advanced Spatial Analysis
- Remote Sensing & Image Analysis
- Programming for GIS
- GIS Server
- Geomatics Applications
Estimated Program Costs
Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $5,020. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $540. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.
Estimated Program Costs (International, 2021-22)
|Credits||Tuition & Related Fees||Textbooks, Tools, & Supplies||Estimated Total*||Student Health Insurance|
|GIS (Advanced Diploma)||60||$16,220||$680||$16,760||$1,000|
All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. All international students must purchase health insurance. The college adds this fee to your student account and then sends your name and fee to the insurance provider on your behalf. This cost is in addition to the estimated total in the chart above.
Advanced Spatial Analysis (GEOS-0017)
Prerequisite: GEOS-0026 GIS Analysis; GEOS-0021 GIS Database Management
Corequisite: GEOS-0026 GIS Analysis
Geomatics Applications (GEOS-0019)
Pre-requisitie: GEOS-0024 GIS Project Management
GIS Analysis (GEOS-0026)
Prerequisite: GEOS-0018 Cartography
GIS Database Management (GEOS-0021)
Co-requsite: GEOS-0023 GPS Applications
GIS Project Management (GEOS-0024)
In this course, students will explore how geospatial data is created, shared and stored. Topics will focus on data management, conversion, and manipulation within a geospatial context. Initial focus is on data transfer, sources of digital geographic data and geographic data formats. Students will progress into advanced database solutions, including theory and design of a relational database. Interface design principles of data input, complex queries, relationship classes, topological rules, hierarchical geospatial data layers, domains and classes are applied to spatial and non-spatial data.
GIS Server (GEOS-0020)
Pre-requsite: GEOS-0026 GIS Analysis
GPS Applications (GEOS-0023)
Co-requsite: GEOS-0021 GIS Database Management
Programming for GIS (GEOS-0016)
Prerequisites: COMP-0230 GIS 2, GEOS-0006 GIS Database Management 2
Remote Sensing/Image Analysis (GEOS-0025)
Prerequisite: GEOS-0026 GIS Analysis, GEOS-0018 Cartography