Associate Degree in Spatial Science

University of Southern Queensland USQ

This program will prepare students for a career in one of Australia's most rapidly changing industries. Student can put their name on the digital map and arm themselves with the technical, analytical and leadership skills needed to succeed. The Geographic Information Systems major will give students practical experience with GIS technologies, experience the great outdoors by choosing the Surveying major, or learn to design communities and assess the impact of their development through the Urban and Regional Planning major.

Course Fee:

International: $60,960

Entry Requirements:

Assumed Knowledge expectations: English (4 SA) or equivalent, Mathematics A (4 SA) or equivalent; Recommended Prior Study: Mathematics B (4 SA) or equivalent.


16 academic units and two or three practice courses, depending upon major. Academic courses are one-unit courses and involve approximately 155 hours of student work per unit. Practice courses are zero unit courses and each involves approximately 50 hours of student work.

Subjects you can Study:

Geographic Information Systems; Surveying; Urban and Regional Planning

Study Pathways:

Students can articulate into the Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology, Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) and the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) programs.

Further information:

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


The Associate Degree of Spatial Science (Surveying) is accredited by the Surveyors Board of Queensland and graduates may seek registration with the Board of Surveyors. Graduates from the Geographic Information Systems and Surveying majors in the Associate Degree of Spatial Science are eligible to apply for membership with the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Australia.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Toowoomba No info Yes Full time 2 years
Toowoomba No info Yes Part time 4 years
Toowoomba No info Yes Online 2 years
Springfield No info Yes Part time 4 years
Springfield No info Yes Full time 2 years
Springfield No info Yes Online 2 years

Why study with us

Redefining flexible and online study, we are determined to prepare you for today’s competitive workforce. We make it easier for you to fit study into your life and will support you through the challenges that life and study bring. 

Study options

Studying on-campus at one of our three locations (Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich) is a rewarding way to undertake a university degree in an innovative and friendly environment. Or, you can join more than 70 per cent of our students who choose to study online with us. There is also the option to fast-track most degrees by studying over summer.

We offer degrees in:

  • Business and Commerce
  • Creative Arts and Media
  • Education
  • Engineering and Built Environment
  • Health and Community
  • Humanities and Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Justice
  • Sciences. 

If you’re looking to gain the skills and confidence to prepare for university study, look no further than one of our pathway programs.  

Make this year the start of something great with Queensland’s number one university for graduates in full-time employment*. With the option to study online or on campus, full-time or part-time, we’re ready to help you on your path to become more. 

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