Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management

To solve the world’s biggest environmental challenges, first you need the tools to understand them

The University of British Columbia’s Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) is an accelerated, 9-month, course-based master’s program that provides essential training in the use and application of geospatial tools used to plan, develop, manage, and evaluate programs to protect and regulate natural habitats and renewable natural resources.

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Why choose the MGEM program?

The use of geospatial data, tools, and technologies is crucial for making informed decisions that impact environmental management. This interdisciplinary professional degree program blends landscape ecology training and quantitative spatial skills development to prepare graduates to tackle pressing environmental issues across multiple sectors.


Get hands-on experience.
Apply geospatial data to real-world challenges in environmental management through labs, projects, and workshops.


Expand your professional toolkit.
Gain expertise in geomatics technologies, methods, and tools grounded in emerging landscape ecology theories and principles.


Learn from the best in the field.
Courses are taught by world-class faculty from UBC’s Faculty of Forestry, the UBC Sauder School of Business, and the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.


Connect with people from around the world.
UBC’s Faculty of Forestry welcomes outstanding students from over 40 countries.

What will you learn as an MGEM student?

As an MGEM student, you will spend 9 months studying full-time on UBC’s Vancouver campus, beginning with a 1-week welcome retreat. The program’s curriculum is a mix of theory and hands-on experience, including:

  • A 3-week intensive landscape ecology course on landscape and ecosystem modelling and core environmental management themes
  • Analytical and quantitative courses in GIS, remote sensing and image processing, spatial statistics, spatial data analysis and programming
  • A proof-of-concept project that demonstrates how quantitative spatial analysis could be used to solve an environmental issue
  • Project management course to develop critical skills for working with researchers, educators, and geospatial industry professionals

As an MGEM graduate, you will be equipped to:

  • Model landscapes and ecosystems for planning and assessment
  • Integrate landscape ecology concepts with geomatics-focused tools for environmental management
  • Collaborate with communities and people who are interested in using geospatial data to address environmental concerns
  • Work in a wide variety of sectors, including academia, consulting, industry, government, NGOs, and the private sector

Is the MGEM program right for you?

The MGEM program is designed for passionate environmental stewards with an interest in emerging landscape ecology theories, geospatial technologies, computers, and coding who want to advance an existing geomatics career or transition into the field. This includes:

  • Conservation practitioners and managers, foresters, and ecologists seeking advanced technical skills in geomatics
  • Computer scientists and engineers looking for new fields to apply their skills
  • Recent graduates with some quantitative training