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Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems

Closed for Fall 2020

Waitlisted for Winter 2021

Waitlisted for Winter 2021 (International)

Length: 2 years Credential: Applied Degree Delivery: Full Time Classroom or Online

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Train to become a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologist, technician or analyst for a range of industries – from forestry and natural resource exploration to all levels of government – with the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems degree.

Graduates possess the skills and knowledge to succeed in one of the fastest-growing sectors of information technology. GIS combines the power of relational database management systems with the flexibility of cartographic display technology and is used for problem-solving and decision making.

To succeed in the program, you’ll need to be comfortable working with computers and have a good working knowledge of file management, word processing and spreadsheet software applications.

This two-year program consists of two, 15-week semesters in year one, followed by a paid practicum in year two.

Finding a practicum placement is the student’s responsibility, but instructors and support staff will provide guidance and support. Students must be prepared to actively establish industry connections to secure their practicum.

Is this the right fit for me?

Typical GIS job postings suggest the ideal practitioner has a sound technical background, is self-motivated and disciplined in achieving results.

Successful GIS professionals can problem-solve with creative and innovative solutions and provide service based on the concept of continuous improvement.

Contact time with instructors in lectures and labs is about 25 hours per week. The average student is expected to spend an additional 25 hours per week on assignments, studying and projects

Graduates will often work in teams of various sizes. During the program, students will work in teams for projects or lab assignments. This requires good communication and interpersonal skills.


Discussions are pending with several national-level accreditation agencies. No formal accreditations are available at this time. 


After successfully completing the program, graduates will receive a SAIT Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems degree.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can job pursue opportunities in several industries including forestry, natural resource exploration, environmental, engineering consulting, government (municipal, provincial and federal), information technology, healthcare and tourism.

Potential positions include: 

  • GIS technologist 
  • GIS technician 
  • GIS analyst 
  • GIS specialist 
  • GIS team leader 

Related careers include: 

  • geological technician 
  • field heat treatment technician 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 3: $6,490
Year 4: $1,666

Year 3 (International): $21,849
Year 4 (International): $4,926

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019  until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020  until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021

    How to apply

    A fast-growing sector of IT

    Geographic Information System (GIS) combines the power of database technology with computerized mapping and is used for problem-solving and decision making.

    Admission Requirements

    Admission and selection

    • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
    • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019
    • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020.

    Admission requirements

    • A two-year diploma from a recognized Canadian college, technical institute or equivalent, or successful completion of two years at a recognized post-secondary academic institution.
    • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

    SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

    Direct entry: four-step process

    Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

    Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

    Step 3: Apply to Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

    • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

    Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

    Communication during selection

    Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

    Program completion

    • Students in applied degree programs have seven years to complete the credential requirements. 
    • The time limitation begins on the date the student starts the first course in the credential. 
    • For more information, refer to AC 3.1.1 - Grading and Progression Procedure.


    Program outline

    Students are required to complete all courses noted below under the Third Year listing.

    After completing all third-year academic requirements, students must successfully complete an 800-hour work experience practicum to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems degree.

    Finding a practicum placement is ultimately the student's responsibility. The BGIS program does not place students with organizations. The students must be prepared to make the effort required to establish contacts within relevant industry sectors that are of interest to them and find their own practicum placement.

    Students who have already been admitted into the part-time offering can register for courses through mySAIT.

    Third year

    Semester 5

    Course code Course name Credit
    COMM-415 Professional Communications 1.5
    GEOS-406 Geospatial Project Foundations 1.5
    GEOS-409 GIS Data Capture I 3.0
    GEOS-410 GIS Data Manipulation and Transformation 3.0
    GEOS-418 GIS Data Modeling 3.0
    GEOS-419 GIS Data Analysis and Output 3.0
    Semester 5 total 15.0

    Semester 6

    Course code Course name Credit
    GEOS-451 GIS Data Capture II 3.0
    GEOS-450 Enterprise and Web GIS 3.0
    GEOS-456 GIS Programming 3.0
    GEOS-457 Cartography and Geovisualization 3.0
    GEOS-459 Applied GIS Capstone Project 3.0
    Semester 6 total 15.0
    Third-year total 30.0

    Fourth year

    Semester 7

    Course code Course name Credit
    GEOS-540 Applied GIS Directed Field Studies 30.0
    Fourth-year total 30.0
    Program total 60.0

    Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue


    Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses and attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

    Transfer options

    The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

    • SAIT
    • Algonquin College
    • Holland College

    To learn more, visit transfer options

    Domestic Tuition and Fees*

    Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
    3 $5,268 $682 $288 $252 $6,490
    4 $1,006 $200 $288 - $1,666

    International Tuition and Fees*

    Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
    3 $20,536 $682 $288 $344 $21,849
    4 $3,923 $372 $288 $344 $4,926

    SAIT Fees

    Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
    Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
    Student support fee: $100
    Student technology fee: $100

    Health and Dental Fees

    Domestic Students 

    • Health Plan: $122
    • Dental Plan: $130
    • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

    International Students 

    • Health and Dental Plan: $344
    • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

    Books and supplies*

    * Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

    Next steps for incoming students

    Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

    Important dates and deadlines

    Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

    Important Dates

    Fall 2020


    Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 4, 2020.

    To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.


    All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

    How to register for classes

    You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

    Computers and laptops

    This is a bring your own device program with a workstation hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

    Required equipment/tools

    • Wi-Fi Connection at home for online connection
    • BYOD computer needs to have a camera (720p HD or better)

    Preparation courses

    To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

    Required textbooks

    The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

    Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.




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