8 months
18360 CAD/full
10427 CAD/full
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The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Applications Diploma program from Vancouver Island University prepares students to capture, map and analyze geographic data using ArcGIS by ESRI GIS software.Students can choose between an 8-month in class program which also includes a work-study practicum and a 16-month online program.  

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Strengthen your employment opportunities in the expanding field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications with the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Applications diploma program from Vancouver Island University

Almost every field of study has a spatial component and GIS specialists have a range of career opportunities in areas such as forestry, resource management, urban and rural planning, government, banking, transportation and many more.

The Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications provides skills training in geographic information systems (GIS) to university and college graduates who wish to strengthen their employment opportunities in GIS applications – an area that is in high demand around the world.

ESRI’s ArcGIS is the main software package used in the delivery of this program. Published materials and instructional courseware packages will provide support for each course.  

A select number of course modules, available through ESRI’s Virtual Campus, will be incorporated into the delivery of specific courses. 

Use of these modules enables students and instructors to keep pace with changes in the world’s most popular GIS package – ArcGIS.

All in-class students are required to complete a nine-week GIS project in the second term of the program. The project is intended to provide students with an opportunity to apply GIS knowledge and skills learned in the first term. Each student will be required to select a potential sponsor and develop a project proposal in consultation with the sponsor.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Geodatabases
  • General Spatial Analysis
  • Visual Programming for GIS
  • Management Issues in GIS 
  • GIS Applications Project: Practicum
  • Internet GIS

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 8 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The in-class program starts in September and the online program in January.


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • University degree or technical diploma from an accredited college or institute.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of having completed the following introductory-level courses from an accredited post-secondary institution, preferably within the last three years 
  • Computer literacy, preferably at least one course in Computer Science.
  • Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Academic Programs.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18360 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18360 CAD for the full programme during 8 months.
  • National

    10427 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10427 CAD for the full programme during 8 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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