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The Niagara College's Geographic Information Systems-Geospatial Management (GIS-GM, code 2058) was created in 1997. It is an Ontario Postgraduate Certificate Program, providing leading-edge training in advanced geospatial management and the latest geospatial technology. The program prepares individuals to be trained geospatial experts within their chosen fields, such as environmental management, natural resources conservation, urban planning, business and various industrial sectors.

Of particular interest are the internship opportunities (the applied GIS thesis project) that form the cornerstone of the program. Students receive invaluable experience through learning how to design, plan, implement, and manage a real-world GIS projects with real clients while completing their postgraduate certificates.

The program is focused on the latest technology in GIS, remote sensing, GPS, Internet mapping, geodatabase management and administration, and 3D visualization, using a variety of proprietary software (ArcGIS site license, MapInfo, Manifold, AutoDesk, and Idrisi etc.) and open source software (MySQL, Web Map Server etc.)

This is an intensive one year program, consisting of three semesters (15-, 10-, 10-weeks) that commence in September and end in June of the following year. A total of 17 courses are delivered via more than 700 contact hours as a part of the successful completion of the certificate. As this is an applied certificate, all classes are delivered in a 'hands-on' format, which combines lecture, demo, and class exercise delivery methods, in our designated 24/7 GIS lab.

For further information about the program, please Contact Us (Dr Xinxia Jiang (James), program coordinator, at or on 905.641.2252x4462).
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