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Graduate Program in Spatial Analysis


For further information on deadline dates, English language proficiency and the online application, please visit or contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

Minimum Academic Requirement

· Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent, from a recognized post-secondary institution.

· Achieved a minimum of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of undergraduate study.

· Applicants must demonstrate that they have the necessary background to pursue Master’s level graduate work in spatial analysis. (For example, if the undergraduate work involves geography, urban studies, urban and regional planning, environmental studies, forestry, soil science, urban design, biology, geology, economics, computer science, or any similar discipline, applicants should have included at least either a one-semester credit in GIS or a one-semester credit in applied statistics or quantitative methods, in their baccalaureate program).

Program Specific Documents

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School at Ryerson, the Master of Spatial Analysis program requires the following materials:

Statement of Research Interest

You are required to submit a written statement of approximately 500 words outlining your  research interests and reasons for pursuing graduate study in Spatial Analysis. Your statement should outline a specific research project that you wish to conduct, potential supervisors whom you may want to work with, your preparation for the MSA program through previous studies and work experience, and your career objectives and how the MSA relates to them.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of two Letters of Recommendation are required for each application.

Students applying for the full-time program must provide both letters of recommendation from former instructors (post-secondary level); while those applying for the part-time program may substitute one letter from their current employer for one academic reference.

Reference letters are a key component of your application package, and close attention must be paid prior to selecting a referee. It is also your responsibility to contact the referees before filling out the online application form to confirm their availability.

To review the list of all required documents, please refer to the Document Checklist.


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Program-Related News

16 June 2017 - Congratulations to Daniel Liadsky (MSA 2015) and Dr. Brian Ceh who recently published a paper entitled “The interaction between individual, social and environmental factors and their influence on dietary intake among adults in Torontoin the journal Transactions in GIS.

09 May 2017 - This is the 4th story based on the CAP project following the reports by the Toronto Star, Ryerson Today, the City Building Bulletin (April issue) by Ryerson City Building Institute.

Upcoming Event: The annual MSA Poster Day event will be held on Thursday, May 4th, 2017. Please see poster for additional information.

18 April 2017 - Congratulations to Joseph Ariwi, Gabby Lee, Ela Lichtblau, Gary Moloney for their work from the GIS Project Management course in Fall 2016 profiled on Ryerson Today on Apr 13th, 2017, in a story entitled “Students and police work together- Ryerson geography students develop mental health app with Toronto Police Service”! In this project, the group applied their skills in data handling, spatial analytics, web GIS, statistical modeling and critical social analysis, to develop the Community Asset Portal (CAP), which is a partnership between Ryerson, TPS, the City of Toronto, and Find Help/211 that seeks to create an efficient, map-based system for practical front-line use. The project continued after the course through placement for Gabby and a part time summer position for Joseph.  

21 February 2017 - Congratulations to Joseph Ariwi's success with two 2nd prizes at YSGS's "Why Ryerson?" and "My Voice, Our Future" contests!

The first contest was for a 20-word statement explaining why the student chose Ryerson for their graduate education: 2nd Place: Joseph Ariwi, Spatial Analysis MSA "I chose Ryerson for my graduate education because of the depth of expertise and diversity of culture found on campus."

The second contest was for a 1-minute video on who they are and where they are headed after Ryerson: 2nd Place: Joseph Ariwi, Spatial Analysis MSA.

16 November 2016 - We had a successful 15-year MSA Reunion that took place concurrently with the EA user conference reception and a GIS Day-themed display of geovisualization projects from the MSA cartography course on Nov 16, 2016! Many thanks for the enormous support provided by Environics Analytics! Environics Analytics founder and president, @statslady Jan Kestle, is quoted with identifying "Geography as the secret sauce" that integrates data for advanced analytics. The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University received shout-outs and accolades for training the next generation of data analysts through its BA in Geographic Analysis and MSA in Spatial Analysis programs. See an event report from Dr. Claus Rinner (

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