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McMaster University

School of Geography and Geology and Centre for Spatial Analysis

Dr. Pavlos Kanaroglou
Canada Research Chair, Centre for Spatial Analysis
Professor, School of Geography and Geology

Dr. Bruce Newbold
Director, McMaster Institute for Environment and Health
Associate Director, GIS Lab, Associate Professor, School of Geography and Geology

1280 Main Street West
School of Geography and Geology
Burke Science Room 345
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1
905-525-9140, ext. 23525
905-525-9140, ext. 27948
E-mail: pavlos@mcmaster.ca
E-mail: newbold@mcmaster.ca
Web: http://sciwebserver.science.mcmaster.ca/gislab/index.html

Diploma in Spatial Information Science
Certificate in GIS
Graduate Diploma in Spatial Analysis and GIS

The School of Geography and Geology and the Centre for Spatial Analysis in the Faculty of Science host two part-time evening programs in spatial information science and GIS. These programs can be completed in one or two years.

The diploma in spatial information science at McMaster University is directed at students and professionals who have basic academic or experiential training in geomatics or related work experience. This program addresses industry needs by offering a balance of technical and analytical skills in spatial analysis and GIS complemented with skills in software development, applications, and open source and large spatial database design and management. Graduates of the diploma in spatial information science will be better rounded professionals with skills that are in demand and will have the ability to respond to industry's changing needs.

The diploma consists of 24 units of credit (eight, one-semester courses). This program takes you beyond spatial analysis and reflects broader trends in the field and industry. By using problem-based learning, you will learn to develop sophisticated models for decision-support systems and advanced skills in the applications of GIS and statistical methods for spatial problem solving. Minimum requirements include a technology diploma or certificate; however, related work experience may offset these requirements. Professionals and graduates may register for single courses to upgrade their skills.

The Certificate in GIS is intended for students who have a basic academic or experiential training and who want to obtain a qualification in the more technical aspects of GIS. It consists of 18 units of credits (six, half-year courses). This program provides expertise and skills in desktop GIS tools and analysis for multidisciplinary applications. It emphasizes the development of a strong working knowledge of current GIS software without the analytical and programming focus of the diploma program. Minimum requirements include a technology diploma or certificate; however, related work experience may offset these requirements.

Both of these dynamic programs draw on the expertise of several faculty members at McMaster University. In addition, special guest lecturers from the private and public sectors are chosen for their expertise in specific topic areas. All programs focus on a variety of application areas, thereby addressing the demands of a multidisciplinary marketplace and the diverse interests of enrolled students.

Courses are held in the GIS facility, a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory in the School of Geography and Geology at McMaster University. The facility is equipped with a number of Windows-based workstations and hosts a variety of commonly used GIS, spatial analysis, remote sensing, programming, and statistical analysis software packages.

Students with a GIS/spatial analysis background who want to upgrade skills are encouraged to enroll in one or two courses rather than the entire program.

For more information or to download an application form, please visit http://sciwebserver.science.mcmaster.ca/gislab/index.html or contact Deane Maynard at 905-525-9140, ext. 22542, or e-mail: maynard@mcmaster.ca.

Graduate Diploma in Spatial Analysis and GIS

The graduate diploma in spatial analysis and GIS is designed to meet the needs of those with a degree in geography, geology, or related discipline who want to complement their background with skills in GIS technology, spatial interaction modeling, locational analysis, and spatial statistics. This program will appeal to suitable graduates with an interest in graduate studies in spatial analysis but not a full-scale master's degree. An undergraduate degree is required.

Course Requirements

A student will be granted a graduate diploma in spatial analysis upon the completion of four one-half-year courses with a minimum passing grade of B- within a three-year period. The courses must be from the following list, and students must take at least one at the 600 level and at least two at the 700 level. Exceptions to these course requirements must be granted by special permission of the Faculty of Science Graduate Curriculum Policy Admissions and Study Committee. Graduate diploma students with at least a B+ average in their graduate course work may be eligible to transfer to a part-time master's degree in geography, subject to the recommendation of the department, Faculty of Science Graduate Curriculum Policy Admissions and Study Committee. See section 2.1.4 in the Graduate Calendar.

Admissions Requirements

Acceptance to this program follows established procedures and standards for admission to M.A. or M.Sc. degree graduate programs at McMaster University. These are the standards used for the master's in geography and the master's in geology programs.

Applicants must hold a B.Sc. or B.A. in geography, geology, or related discipline and must have completed a course in GIS, spatial statistics, or a combination of the two. Although the requirements are similar to those for an M.A. or M.Sc. candidate, additional consideration will be given to work experience. The Graduate Admissions Committee of the School of Geography and Geology, in consultation with the director of the Centre for Spatial Analysis, will make admissions recommendations to the School of Graduate Studies. The general guidelines are outlined in sections 2.1.1 and 2.1.4 of the Graduate Calendar.

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