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Graduate Program in Spatial Analysis

Facilities and Services

Students in the program will have access to a wide range of library resources, computer labs and other technical equipment at Ryerson University.


Library Resources


The program is well-supported by the resources and services of the Ryerson Library. Its monograph collection has grown substantially since the inception of the program, and is capable of supporting Masters-level courses and independent research. The Library's collection of serials and indexes supporting MSA faculty and students is very comprehensive. A significant amount of the Library's budget is spent on the acquisition of electronic resources. The Data Librarian supports access to government publications while the new position of a Map and GIS Librarian offers consultation regarding geospatial data resources andd their effective use. The Geospatial Map and Data Centre and the "Maps and Data at Ryerson" web site provide access to a diverse range of paper maps and digital geospatial data resources.


Computer Resources


The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies has three computer laboratories with a total of 88 workstations. The departmental GIS Teaching Lab was recently upgraded and has 44 workstations, the GIS General Lab consists of 34 workstations, and the Graduate Spatial Analysis Lab consists of 10 workstations and has space for working with laptops. The graduate lab is also equipped with a network scanner and two network laser printers.

Geography also maintains other equipment such as laptops, LCD projectors, external drives, and GPS units. The Department also has two dedicated servers for file sharing and Web applications, and a database and Web server for participatory mapping research, which can be used for MSA student research.

The network infrastructure connecting all of these computers is gigabit to the desktop and a fibre-optic backbone providing seamless and high-speed access to several file servers and the rest of the Ryerson Information Network. Throughout the Faculty of Arts floors in Jorgensen Hall, students can login to a dedicated wireless network giving them access to all Geography computing resources. Through their Ryerson student account, they also have access to the Ryerson wireless network, which, for example, enables online access to Library resources.

The Department holds site licences for the major GIS software used in the workplace such as MapInfo Professional, ESRI software products (including ArcGIS, ArcView, ArcIMS, ArcPad), PCI Geomatica, and Intergraph's GeoMedia. Additional software includes the SPSS statistical package, S-PLUS, and the latest Microsoft Office suite. Other software is constantly being evaluated for its currency and usefulness in both research and teaching. The Department has also had a long-standing partnership with major industry data providers such as Statistics Canada, DMTI Spatial, GDT and a variety of others.

The Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity also has extensive GIS and general computing facilities, and employs the services of a full-time computer systems analyst and a GIS analyst, as well as a number of research fellows and associates.

For other services for graduate students at Ryerson, please visit Services and Resources.

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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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