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Graduate Program in Spatial Analysis


The MSA practicum is an unpaid field placement at two days per week during the winter semester. It provides fulltime students with an understanding of the types of problems, policies, and procedures that are (or should be) addressed utilizing GIS and/or spatial analysis in specific public or private sector environments.

Due to the pervasiveness of geospatial data across government and business activities, MSA practicum placements and post-graduation career prospects are numerous and varied. Typical practicum hosts include the network planning and customer analytics departments of major banks; real estate development and property management firms; GIS data and software developers and vendors; conservation agencies; environmental consultancies; provincial and municipal government across many units; social and community service agencies; hospital-based research groups; community health centres; and police services.

The practicum is arranged by the MSA program director in discussion with the student. While students may present suggestions for placements, they cannot arrange their practicum independently. The credit for the practicum is granted based on evaluations of the placement and the student, and submission of a practicum report.

The following organizations have offered MSA practicum placements in the last three years alone:


  • Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
  • BBM Canada
  • Bell Mobility
  • C.B. Richard Ellis
  • Canada Post Corporation
  • Centract / Brookfield Real Property Solutions
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Cineplex Entertainment
  • City of Toronto, Parks Forestry and Recreation
  • City of Toronto, Social Policy Analysis & Research
  • City of Toronto, Toronto Public Health
  • Colliers International
  • Conservation Ontario
  • Credit Valley Conservation
  • DMTI Spatial
  • Durham Regional Police
  • EcoSpark
  • Environics Analytics
  • Esri Canada
  • Extreme Fitness
  • GreenHere
  • InterStratics Consultants
  • Lowe's Canada
  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Ministry of the Environment, Geomatics Centre
  • Ministry of the Environment, Great Lakes Water Monitoring Section
  • Ministry of the Environment, Environmental Sciences & Standards Division
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Pelmorex / The Weather Network
  • Pitney Bowes / MapInfo
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Scotiabank
  • Senes Consultants
  • St. Michael's Hospital, Biodiaspora
  • St. Michael's Hospital, Centre for Global Health Research
  • TD Canada Trust
  • The Neptis Foundation
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  • Toronto District School Board


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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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