Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management

The University of British Columbia’s Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) is a 9-month, course-based master’s program that provides the geospatial skills and landscape ecology context required to tackle pressing environmental issues.
The program provides training in the use and application of the essential geospatial tools used to plan, develop, manage, and evaluate programs to protect and regulate natural habitats and renewable natural resources. It is a 9-month program which begins in August with a 3-week intensive and concludes the following April.

Why choose the MGEM?

This uniquely interdisciplinary program blends landscape ecology training and quantitative spatial skills development in a professional degree unlike any other in the world.

UBC’s MGEM program is your chance to:


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


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

Grad Cap

Study at a top 40 university.
UBC is a founding partner of the International Partnership for Forestry Education and consistently ranks among the top 40 research universities in the world.


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


Live in one of the best cities in the world. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities on the planet.


What will you learn?

As an MGEM candidate, you will spend nine months studying full-time on UBC’s Vancouver campus, beginning with a three-week intensive landscape ecology course in August.

The curriculum is a mix of theory and hands-on experience, including:

  • An 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 workshops 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.

Is the MGEM program right for you?

The MGEM program is designed for those with a passion for environmental management and an interest in emerging landscape ecology theories and geospatial technologies. That includes:

  • Conservation practitioners and managers, foresters and ecologists seeking technical skills.
  • Computer scientists and engineers looking for new fields to apply their skills.
  • Recent graduates in forestry, geography, computer science, engineering, commerce, arts and other undergraduate degree programs, so long as they have some quantitative training.

MGEM graduates may go on to work in academia, consulting, industry, government, NGOs and the private sector.