Online GIS & Data Analytics Program Overview

The Wilfrid Laurier University online Graduate Diploma in GIS and Data Analytics is a postgraduate credential designed for active professionals looking to build their career in public safety. Developed by industry experienced public safety professionals, this 100% online program focuses on delivering practical knowledge that can be immediately applied in the office and in the field.

Fast Facts
  • 100% online program
  • Developed by industry experienced public safety professionals
  • Flexible and fast - get your diploma in one year
  • The only program of its kind in Canada

Learn more by downloading a curriculum guide.

GIS Program Curriculum

During the program, you’ll reinforce your foundation in public safety, focus on leadership and examine the current events that are shaping global implementation systems and data analytics related to intelligence and security in Canada and around the world.

Please note: This program is not a stream within the Master of Public Safety. Only SAFE600 and SAFE601 may be transferred towards the master’s program (upon admission).

  • SAFE600: Public Safety in Canada (0.5 credits)
  • SAFE601: Issues in Contemporary Public Safety (0.5 credits)
  • SAFE614: GIS and Data Analytics (0.5 credits)
  • SAFE615: GIS, Crime Mapping and RTM (0.5 credits)

To view a full course list, get your Curriculum guide here

Admissions Requirements

To enter the online graduate diploma program, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements and submit the outlined paperwork:

  • Have a B average (73%) in their last 5 full credits/10 half credits of a 3-year undergraduate degree and a minimum of 3 years of acceptable public safety related work experience OR 10 or more years of acceptable public safety related work experience in a mid to senior level management position.
  • Submit all transcripts from all universities or colleges attended (if applicable)
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit three reference letters (one must be a proof of employment experience letter)

For more information about the admissions process or your eligibility, speak with an Enrolment Advisor at 888.368.0345.

If you are interested in continuing your studies in the Master of Public Safety program upon completion of a graduate diploma program, you are eligible to receive up to 4 transfer credits, with the exception of the GIS and Data Analytics Graduate Diploma Program where you can receive up to 2 transfer credits.

Careers and Outcomes

Gain expertise in working with geographic information systems and data analytics. Explore and assess how data can provide insights and be transformed into actionable intelligence information. If you’re ready to progress in your current career or looking to change directions while building on your experience, a Graduate Diploma in GIS and Data Analytics is a great way to gain the knowledge and credentials you’ll need to define your future.

To learn more about the program, download the curriculum guide.