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UBC Unveils New Masters of Geomatics for Environmental Management

Earth from Space

The UBC Faculty of Forestry is excited to announce that the official approval of the Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) Program. We are now accepting applications and will welcome our first cohort in August, 2017.

This 9-month course-based master’s program provides a unique blend of geospatial skills and landscape ecology training, offering an interdisciplinary professional degree unlike any other in the world. The curriculum is a mix of theory and hands-on experience, including:

  1. an intensive landscape ecology course,
  2. analytical and quantitative courses in GIS, remote sensing and image processing, spatial statistics, data analysis and programming
  3. a proof-of-concept project demonstrating how spatial analysis could be used to solve an environmental challenge, and
  4. project management workshops and professional seminars.

Graduates may go on to work in numerous sectors, including industry, government, consulting/private, NGOs or academia. Across all of these sectors, the demand for geospatial skills continues to diversify and expand, and MGEM graduates will be well equipped to tackle pressing environmental issues, whether relating to local resource management concerns or global climate change assessments.

We encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds – whether you’re a resource manager seeking new skills, a computer scientist looking for new ways to apply your skills, or a recent graduate of an undergraduate degree program with some quantitative training – our program is designed for those with a passion for environmental management and an interest in emerging landscape ecology theories and geospatial technologies.

Applications are due by March 30, 2017. Contact the Forestry Graduate office if you have any questions.

For media inquires, please contact Susan Watts at sue.watts@ubc.ca or 604-822-6316.


“The practice of representing and analyzing our environment is fundamental to everything from policy to operations. The geospatial skills and tools that students will master through the MGEM program ought to be considered a prerequisite for all environmental professionals.”
Rory Tooke, PhD
Community Energy Planner, City of Surrey

“The MGEM program is timely and relevant because it will take an interdisciplinary approach and the graduates will be well positioned to contribute to a strong, integrated model for natural resource management.”
Gurdeep Singh
GeoBC – BC Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations

“The MGEM program offers students the opportunity to develop expertise and familiarity with a broad range of highly in-demand geospatial skills, all within the context of applying these skills to address current environmental management issues. This practical focus is increasingly critical for success within the environmental consulting industry, and graduates will leave well prepared to enter the work force and make an immediate contribution.”
Jessica Morgan
Senior GIS Analyst; Sales and Client Support Solution Mining

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