What will I learn?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computerized data management system that allows us to visualize, investigate, and interpret information related to our world. GIS has become increasingly prevalent in industry, research and academia within a wide variety of fields. Applications of GIS range from creating maps displaying information of interest to using spatial analyses to detect relationships, patterns, and trends in location-based data. As such, GIS can be an essential tool for mapping, research, and decision making.

The GIS certificate program is designed to provide students with the core concepts underlying the use of location-based GIS data as well as the essential software skills necessary for work in both public and private sectors.

This program combines courses in the Geography, Computer Information Systems and Mathematics departments into a certificate. The program consists of a minimum of 31 credits.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$17,160.00 (US$ 12,927) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

4 September 2019


University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Campus,

33844 King Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V2S 7M8, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  • C or better in one of the following: Pre-calculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, MATH 085, Principles of Mathematics 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, Pre-calculus 12, MATH 094, or MATH 096.

They must have TOEFL score of 80 or higher (iBT) with no section below 19, IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 or higher with a minimum band score of 5.5, CAEL score of 60, PTE - score of 56 with 52 in writing, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English min C, Can TEST - score of 4.5 with a minimum writing score of 4.0, MELAB - score of 80, LPI - score of 24 (Level 4), English 12 C- (or recognized Canadian equivalent).


About this uni

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) offers over 100 study programs in over 30 subject areas, ranging from accounting to graphic design.

  • UFV is nationally recognized for its outstanding reputation
  • Provides over 75 study abroad destinations
  • Main campus has free shuttle bus services for students
  • UFV students get the opportunity to work with major employers