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Certificate in
Advanced Applied Digital Geography and GIS

This advanced certificate offers a sequence of courses that combine to form a comprehensive package of principles and practice in advanced-level GIS education and training for GIS professionals. It builds on the courses in the first Certificate in Applied Digital Geography and GIS to provide greater conceptual understanding and technical expertise in this increasingly complex industry.

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Admission Criteria

Eligible applicants must have the following:

Certificate in Applied Digital Geography and GIS or its equivalent. An interview with the academic coordinator is required to facilitate assessment of prior learning. Official documentation of English proficiency may be required if English is not the first language of the applicant. Applicants must complete an application for pre-approval.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses – First Level (select four or five)

Students may only select one course from the Group B electives in the Certificate in Applied Digital Geography and GIS.

CODG 210   Geography:  Spatial Database Management Systems
CODG 211   Geography:  Advanced GIS Programming
CODG 212   Geography:  Spatial Statistical Methods
CODG 213   Geography:  Internet GIS

Required Courses – Second Level (select one or two)

CODG 220   Geography:  GIS Implementation
CODG 221   Geography:  GIS Project