Skip to main content

Associate Degree of Spatial Science (Geographic Information Systems)

Associate Degree of Spatial Science Major Geographic Information Systems (ADSS)
  • CRICOS: 053510F

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

  • 2 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

External students must be able to attend mandatory residential schools at a USQ campus.
View USQ Handbook

Arm yourself for the future

Put your name on the digital map with USQ’s Associate Degree of Spatial Science (Geographic Information Systems). The Associate Degree of Spatial Science will give you the freedom of choice to start up your career or set a stepping stone for further study.

Why Geographic Information Systems?

USQ’s Associate Degree will prepare you for a career in one of Australia’s most rapidly changing industries. Arm yourself with the technical, analytical and leadership skills needed to succeed and with practical experience with GIS technologies and working with sophisticated technology and tools including satellite imagery and laser measurement systems for 3D mapping, and visualisation of the natural and built environment. As a professional Geographic Information Systems Officer, career possibilities are available in local and state Government agencies in areas including transport, primary industries and environment.

Professional accreditation

When you graduate with your Associate Degree you’ll be eligible to apply for membership with the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Australia.

Other majors for the Associate Degree of Spatial Science: Surveying and Urban and Regional Planning.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
13 x major courses 13
plus 3 x approved courses 3
plus 2 x practice courses (0 units value)  0
Total 16
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 29440
On-campus AUD 33600

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English
  • Mathematics A

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). It is also recommended that you have studied Mathematics B. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.

Find out more about assumed knowledge.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.

How to apply

CRICOS: 053510F

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.