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Graduate Program in Spatial Analysis

Information for Students

Welcome Package/Program Forms:


New Student Orientation

WHEN: Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

WHERE: MSA Computer Lab, JOR-602, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, 6th floor, Jorgenson Hall (380 Victoria Street)

*Please RSVP by Monday, August 14 to*


Ryerson Student Email Account Activation (Matrix)

Every Ryerson student must activate a Ryerson Matrix email account. This Ryerson email account will be your official means of receiving university and program communications. Students can activate their Ryerson email account during the registration week and should do so no later than the end of the first week of classes in the Fall term.

You can activate your account by going to and filling in the online Activation Form (after August 11th).

Ryerson's policy on student email accounts explicitly states that "students are expected to monitor and retrieve messages and information issued to them by the University via Ryerson online systems on a frequent and consistent basis." Further, "students have the responsibility to recognize that certain communications may be time‐critical" and "remain responsible for ensuring that all University electronic message communication sent to their official Ryerson E‐mail account is received and read." In other words, you are responsible for checking your Ryerson email often.


Program Fees

The 2016 -17 Graduate program fees are available on the School of Graduate Studies web-site: Fees are assessed by program.

Please Note: Tuition is calculated on the basis of your program and status (part-time or full-time), not the number of courses that you take per term. Your tuition is a YEARLY charge which is broken into three equivalent payments for the three terms in a graduate academic calendar.


Ryerson OneCard

The OneCard is the official identification card for the Ryerson University community. As well as being the single most important piece of ID you possess during your time here at Ryerson it also serves as a convenience card for many of the services available on campus, including the library, printing and photocopying, food purchases, discounts, savings and more. NEW STUDENTS MUST APPLY ONLINE from June 1- August 15.

To apply for your OneCard and for more details please visit the Ryerson OneCard website:



Spatial Analysis:
Program Details
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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