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Graduate programs

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The Department of Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering offers three graduate programs:

Our department has consistently received top ranking in research within the university. We're well known internationally in the various fields of geomatics. Our research in GPS and geodesy, GIS, remote sensing, engineering surveys, ocean mapping and land administration have all been recognized as being in the forefront of geomatics innovations.

We also excel at interdisciplinary approaches that incorporate all of these fields and relate them to other disciplines such as geology, physics, civil engineering, oceanography, and law.

We maintain an archive of our students’ graduate reports, theses and dissertations.

An international perspective

Since our first graduate student in 1963, more than 500 students from countries all around the world have obtained post-graduate degrees from GGE. We average approximately 55 graduate students per year representing a range of 15 to 20 (or sometimes more) different countries.

The international experience in our graduate program is a major strength of our program — in terms of our students, faculty research, and graduate employment. In recent years we have collaborated with Natural Resources Canada, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cisco Systems Canada and the European Space Agency.

Areas of specialization


  • Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) as an atmospheric remote sensing tool
  • Advanced precise point positioning algorithms
  • GNSS deformation monitoring
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle positioning and navigation
  • Satellite-based augmentation system integration

Geographic information systems

  • Mobile mapping and location- based services
  • Spatial information infrastructure
  • Data generalization
  • Web mapping and geospatial web
  • Spatial analysis, decision support and geo-visualization
  • Geospatial application development

Big data and data science

  • Real-time data streaming
  • Spatio-temporal data mining
  • Map-as-interface for internet of things
  • IoT use cases
  • Visual analytics

Remote sensing

  • Analysis of digital imagery
  • Motion detection via photography
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle photogrammetric techniques
  • 3D visualization of Google Earth imagery

Ocean mapping and hydrography

  • Multibeam sonar mapping and application development
  • Hydrodynamic numerical modeling
  • Autonomous underwater and surface vehicles (AUV/ASV)


  • Geoid determination
  • Downward continuation algorithms for gravity measurements
  • Gravity field monitoring
  • Numerical methods

How to apply

Find UNB’s application process and requirements at the School of Graduate Studies.

Post-graduate diploma in mapping, charting & geodesy

This graduate diploma program has been designed to meet the requirements of the Mapping and Charting Establishment (M.C.E.) of J2 Geomatics in the Department of National Defence. You must be a member of the Canadian Forces Dept. of National Defense to be eligible for this program.