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Geographic Information Systems, B.Tech.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Burnaby, Canada
This program at British Columbia Institute of Technology will appeal to graduates from many areas — for example: Environmental Management. Public Health. Land Use Planning. Engineering. Natural Resource Management. Transportation. Real Estate. Utilities. Business and Marketing. Mineral Exploration — who wish to learn how to integrate Geographic Information Systems technology in their profession.
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Geospatial technology use is growing at a rapid pace around the world and exciting opportunities for well educated and trained people are increasing. Whether you are a recent university or college graduate getting started in a career, or an experienced professional seeking new employment opportunities or career advancement, British Columbia Institute of Technology Bachelor of Technology in Geographic Information Systems degree provides excellent opportunities for career enhancement and professional growth.

Program Outcomes (for Advanced Diploma and Bachelor of Technology)
  • Develop GIS spatial and non-spatial databases which serve the needs of a specific organization or project, following international standards as necessary, for local, WAN, or web deployment.
  • Develop new GIS systems and procedures for local, WAN, or web deployment, using COTS software, open source software, and custom programming.
  • Use GIS technology, programming languages, and computer aided software engineering tools to design and program GIS and database applications, and customize other computer applications.
  • To have detailed knowledge of how to use specialized GIS technology and analysis techniques to enter, display, update, and manipulate spatial information.
  • Manage spatial information systems and assist in the development of Internet-based GIS and business applications on smart phones, tablets, and desktop computers.
  • Compare and assess COTS and open source software, and hardware for their suitability in handling common GIS applications, and plan the acquisition of GIS technology for enterprise deployment.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Part-time: applications are accepted throughout the year.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Most individuals take three to five years to complete their studies, students have up to seven years to complete the program requirements.  

  • Credits
    82 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • GIS Programming 
  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Fundamentals of Mapping

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following: English 12 (67%) or, 3.0 credits of post-secondary English, humanities or social sciences (67%) from a recognized institution
  • Post-secondary: one of the following: BCIT diploma or equivalent or, University degree or, a minimum of 60.0 credits of courses from one or more recognized post-secondary institutions (minimum of 18.0 credits at second-year or higher level)
  • Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs delivered on-campus at BCIT are only available to international students who have a valid status in Canada

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19196 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9598 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    5836 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2918 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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