All courses in this program will be delivered online (OA, OS, OR) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Learn more about our course delivery options
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
|COURSE CODE||COURSE NAME||CREDITS|
|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|
|GEOS-451||GIS Data Capture II||3.0|
|GEOS-450||Enterprise and Web GIS||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|
*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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in a single course?
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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.
The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:
- 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
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2021/22 International cost per course
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Loanne Benner, Academic Chair
Next steps for all students
Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.