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Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems

Closed for Fall 2021

Open for Spring 2022

Open for Winter 2022

Credential: Applied Degree Delivery: Part Time Online

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All courses in this program will be delivered online (OA, OS, OR) for the Fall 2021 semester.
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The Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in one of the fastest-growing sectors of information technology.

Geographic Information System (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.

This is a two-year, applied degree program consisting of two 15-week semesters in year one, followed by a paid practicum in year two.

Is this the right fit for me?

Typical geographic information systems job placement advertisements suggest that the ideal practitioner has a sound technical background, is self-motivated and disciplined in achieving results.

Successful geographic information systems professionals are also associated with individuals who can problem-solve through the application of creative and innovative solutions, and provide service based on the concept of continuous improvement.

All courses are delivered online in this part-time program. Online learning requires more independent learning and self-discipline. Students typically spend 10-15 hours per week per course to study, do readings, homework, assignments, etc. It is highly recommended students take two to three courses per semester.

Graduates will often work in teams of various sizes. In the BGIS program, all courses require working in teams for projects or lab assignments. This requires good communication and interpersonal skills.

To succeed in the program, you will also need to be comfortable working in a computer environment, and have a good working knowledge of file management, word processing and spreadsheet software applications.


Although there are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time, discussions are pending with several national-level accreditation agencies. 


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 

Cost per course

1.5 credit course: $282.36
3.0 credit course: $564.72

1.5 credit course (International): $1,037.10
3.0 credit course (International): $2,074.20

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

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Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

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When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021. 
  • Applications for spring 2022 opened on June 14, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022

How to apply

Constructing the future

How digital technology is changing the way we learn and work in construction.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Winter 2022 start: applications are open March 31, 2021.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications opened on June 14, 2022.

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 (part-time) 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.


Students are required to take the courses in the order they are listed below. 

All courses are delivered online in this part-time program. Online learning requires more independent learning and self-discipline. Students typically spend 10-15 hours per week per course to study, do readings, homework, assignments, etc. It is highly recommended students take two to three courses per semester.

All courses are offered every semester - fall, winter and spring/summer - other than:

  • GEOS 450 and 459 (offered in winter and spring/summer only)
  • GEOS 456 and 457 (offered in fall and winter only)

Course registration opens approximately two months before the course start dates. Courses have a fixed start and end date and follow a course schedule with due dates. The start and end dates line up with the beginning and end of each semester. 

Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

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
GEOS-406 Geospatial Project Foundations  1.5
COMM-415 Professional Communications  1.5
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
GEOS-540 Applied GIS Directed Field Studies* 30.0
Total  60 Credits

*After completing all course requirements, students must successfully complete an 800-hour work experience practicum to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems applied degree. For more information please contact construction.bgis@sait.ca. There is a fee associated with this course, for more information please see the costs tab.

*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.

  • Are you a manager or company owner looking to place a Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems student? Find out more information on SAIT's practicum opportunities.

Contact an academic advisor to discuss your individual learning plan at construction.advising@sait.ca.

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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, 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


The following costs are based on a single 1.5 or 3.0 credit course. Additional fees including health and dental are assessed based on the course delivery and the number of courses taken at a time. 

2021/22 Domestic cost per course

Course Credits Course cost
1.5 $282.36
3.0 $564.72

2021/22 International cost per course

Course Credits Course cost
1.5 $1,037.10
3.0 $2,074.20


The following fees are based on a two-semester full course load structure. Fees for part-time programs will be assessed based on the number of courses taken within a semester.

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA) fee: $287.77

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* 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.

Fall 2021


Your program orientation will take place Aug. 31 online and Sept 2 on campus (optional). Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an open 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

Preparation courses

To support your success, two short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Part-time students may register by emailing academic.coaching@sait.ca.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

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.



Academic Chair

Loanne Benner, Academic Chair
Email: loanne.benner@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

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

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