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Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
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What is Geographic Information Systems?Geographic Spatial Mapping


There is an ever-growing science to developing the geographical structure of a unique area.  The Master’s in Geographic Information Systems is the understanding of data to make informed decisions surrounding geographical areas and various other plots of surfaces.  Whether you are wanting to learn about the intricacies of mapping, remote sensing, or geospatial data this program’s design is to help you achieve your goals. Students who graduate from this program will have a strong theoretical understanding of GIS and hands-on experience with industry-relevant technology.

Students with an MS in Geographic Information Systems will have the knowledge and tools to use technology and scientific reasoning to solve complex geographic problems in a variety of applications such as land-use planning, climate, environment, business, finance, architecture, design, community, and urban development as well as public safety. Visit the careers page to learn more about opportunities in this growing industry.


Why Choose Cincinnati Online for a Master’s in GIS?

The online Master’s in GIS at University of Cincinnati Online is built for working professionals. This program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the field of Geographic Information Systems. You’ll find courses in Hydrology, Remote Sensing, Crime Mapping, Analytical Cartography, and more advanced and web-based GIS practices.  Once you become a student, you’ll get access to ArcGIS, where you’ll complete projects and become an expert with the tool.

The program is led by experienced faculty who are experts in the field, with specialized support from Student Success Coordinators and Enrollment Services Advisors who are dedicated to helping students from application to graduation. The University of Cincinnati is committed to providing students with the best possible education and support, and this program exemplifies those goals.


Earn an Affordable Graduate Degree in Geographic Information Systems

At the University of Cincinnati Online, we believe that cost should never be a barrier to pursuing your goals. We understand that many students face financial constraints when considering advanced education. That’s why we’ve worked tirelessly to ensure our Master’s in GIS program remains affordable. With tuition rates below the average cost of most GIS master’s degrees in the US, you can pursue your passion without the burden of excessive student debt.

Flexible and Unique Course Schedule

This MS in GIS offers a variety of courses that can be taken on a flexible schedule. This means that you can complete the work for a course on your own time, without having to attend class sessions. This can be a great option for students who have busy schedules or who live in different time zones.

This program offers a variety of courses in GIS. Students can choose from spatial analysis, data mining, remote sensing, and intermediate and advanced GIS courses. These courses provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to use popular ESRI software and databases for their projects. You’ll find courses in hydrology, crime mapping, and public health. These courses give students the opportunity to learn about the latest methods and technologies used in these fields.

This Master’s in GIS program is well-rounded and provides students with the skills they need to be successful in the field.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Expertise in geospatial technology such as ArcGIS, QGIS, and other relevant tools.
  • Knowledge of remote sensing technologies
  • Spatial analysis skills including spatial statistics, overlay analysis, proximity analysis, and spatial modeling
  • Experience with GIS API’s and libraries
  • Essential skills in cartography
  • Professional networking through faculty and potential internship opportunities


The online GIS graduate program at the University of Cincinnati is built with the working professional in mind. You’ll have opportunity to customize your degree and complete the program at your own pace.



What is the capstone for this program?


You’ve made it! It’s time to add a cap on your Master’s in GIS journey with the University of Cincinnati Online’s innovative capstone experience. Tailored to your individual career options and expertise, this transformative endeavor allows you to bring real-world relevance to your studies. Choose to integrate a project from your current professional landscape, amplifying its impact with advanced GIS principles, or explore new horizons through a strategically chosen internship. The capstone is more than a culmination; it’s a dynamic exploration designed to expand your GIS knowledge. Whether fortifying your current career trajectory or laying the groundwork for a new path, the capstone equips you with a depth of expertise ready to impress employers. Elevate your GIS journey with the University of Cincinnati Online, where the capstone is not just a requirement—it’s your opportunity to shine.



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