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Geospatial Data Analytics

Geospatial Data Analytics

Earn the confidence to make timely, accurate and efficient business decisions based on managing, analyzing and interpreting geospatial data.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
COGS • Lawrencetown Full time • In-class Seats available


Gain the advanced skills and knowledge you need to manage, analyze and interpret geospatial data. Get a deeper understanding of geospatial analytics technologies, applications and platforms while you enhance your ability to lead a team or organization. In this program, you learn how to:

  • Manage, interpret, analyze and filter large volumes of data for relevance to make more precise, reliable business decisions.
  • Develop a project plan with goals and scope to improve efficiency and measure progress.
  • Use data analysis to seize business opportunities and motivate your team to improve performance.
  • Use technology and business knowledge to resolve geospatial issues and remove barriers to business success.

With more companies marrying geospatial information system applications with mapping data, earn a competitive advantage in the Nova Scotia marketplace.

Admission requirements

  • Diploma, advanced diploma or undergraduate degree from a related area. Related areas include: natural sciences, engineering, engineering technology/technician, electro-mechanical, environmental engineering, health information management, geographic sciences, mechanical, electrical, electronic or industrial instrumentation or related fields.
    • Consideration will also be given to those with extensive relevant experience working in a geospatial related field who do not hold a diploma or degree as specified above.
    • International students – Submit your official post-secondary documents for assessment. View English language requirements by country

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

Graduates of this program may find employment in any of the following positions:

  • Data analytics specialist
  • Geospatial data interpretation analyst
  • GIS analyst
  • Applications specialist
  • Spatial data manager
  • Self-employed in a geospatial field

Choose NSCC

  • This advanced diploma is an intensive, one-year post-graduate level program, designed to provide you with a sophisticated set of geospatial analytics knowledge and tools.
  • Graduates of this program will be in high demand. Many companies in Nova Scotia are starting to understand the need to use business intelligence and data analytics in their decision-making process and need graduates with the skills to make this happen.
    • Across Nova Scotia, there's a need for small and medium sized enterprises to have access to analytics for their decision-making.
  • Work Experience – Students are required to complete an integrated learning component with industry partners in one of the many sectors that use geospatial data in their operations.
  • NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) is Canada's largest geomatics-focused learning environment and is considered a world leader in the fields of surveying, mapping, land-use planning and Geographic Information System (GIS) programming.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of one-on-one interaction, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to apply your learning, ask questions and share.
  • Learn the theory and practical aspects of the program through state-of-the-art equipment and software.

Other info

  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
GDAA 1000   Fundamentals of Spatial Data Analytics Projects
GDAA 2000   Data Mining Fundamentals
GDAA 2010   Data Mining Modelling
GDAA 2020   Location Analytics
GDAA 2030   Image Analytics
GDAA 2040   Spatial Analysis and Geostatistics
GDAA 3000   Major Analytics Project
GDAA 3010   Analytics Project Delivery & Reporting
GEOM 5005   Geodesy, GPS and Geosensors
GISY 5003   Spatial Database Management
GISY 5004   Fundamentals of GIS
PROG 5000   Programming Fundamentals for Geographic Sciences
REMS 5001   Fundamentals of Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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