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Graduate Program in Spatial Analysis


By completion of this program, students will

·    demonstrate a critical awareness and systematic understanding of key theories, concepts, models, and emerging trends in spatial analysis;

·    demonstrate professional competence in selecting and applying spatial analysis methods to address complex geographic issues and problems in the business, environmental, or social field;

·    demonstrate depth of knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of geographic information systems and other spatial analysis tool;

·    apply the standards of professional practice to the input, management, analysis, and presentation of geospatial and spatio-temporal data;

·    be able to select, process, and critically evaluate information, as well as formulate and defend a sustained written argument;

·    communicate accurately and effectively in oral, written, and geographical form (e.g., maps, charts, visualizations) for academic, professional, and general audiences;

·    work independently and in teams, exhibiting initiative, responsibility, accountability, time management and project organization skills, as well as exemplary work ethic;

·    be able to transfer knowledge and skills to new professional contexts and areas of application of spatial analysis, and pursue continuing professional development.

The MSA degree prepares graduates for careers in various types of public and private sector organizations. MSA graduates have secured jobs with organizations such as the following:

  • Aecom
  • Avenza
  • Aviva Canada Insurance
  • Barrick Gold
  • BC Interior Health Authority
  • BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
  • Bell Mobility
  • CanACRE
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
  • Canadian Tire
  • Canadian Urban Institute
  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • CIBC
  • Cineplex
  • City of Brantford
  • City of Toronto Employment and Social Services, City of Toronto Water, City of Toronto Waste Management
  • Colliers International
  • Credit Valey Conservation Authority
  • DMTI Spatial
  • Durham Regional Police Service
  • Edmonton Police Service
  • Enbridge Gas Distribution
  • Environics Analytics
  • Environment Canada
  • Esri Canada
  • Geomedia
  • Halton Regional Police Service
  • Helios Energy
  • Hudson's Bay Company
  • Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences
  • Intergraph
  • Interstratics Consultants
  • Kawartha Heritage Conservancy
  • KFL&A Public Health
  • Loblaw Properties Limited
  • McDonald's Restaurants
  • Metro
  • Metroland Media Group
  • National Capital Commission
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Niagara Region
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment
  • Ottawa Police Service
  • Oxford Properties Group
  • Parks Canada
  • Peel Region Planning, Peel Region Public Health
  • Peel Regional Police
  • Pitney Bowes MapInfo
  • RCMP
  • Rogers Communications
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Scotiabank
  • Sears Canada
  • Senes Consulting
  • Shopper's Drugmart
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Spatial Geo-Link
  • St. Michael's Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Targeo
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Telus
  • Tembec Forestry
  • Tim Horton’s
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Toronto Police Service
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Toronto Star
  • Toronto Transit Commission
  • Trillium Gift Of Life Network
  • Wal-Mart Canada
  • Waterloo Regional Police Service
  • WWF Canada
  • York Catholic District School Board
  • York Region Geomatics

Selected MSA graduates chose to continue their academic education pursuing another Master's or a PhD degree at one of the following institutions:

  • McMaster University
  • Ontario College of Teachers
  • Queen's University
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Western Ontario
  • Wilfrid-Laurier University
  • York University


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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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