Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

December 01, 2022
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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.


What is MS in Geographic Information Systems?Geographic Spatial Mapping


Geographers survey the spatial dimensions of human activities and physical landscapes. The discipline of geographic information systems focuses on the interrelationships between humans and their environments, linking the physical and social sciences.

Geographers use a variety of tools, but much of their labor revolves around developing and analyzing several forms of spatial information with a special emphasis on satellite imagery, vector graphics, and historical and paper maps.

Possessing the aptitude to “think spatially,” besides a different toolkit of quantitative and qualitative methods, geographers have a wide variety of employment options. Our alumni have taken positions in business, authority agencies, academia, and non-profit organizations. The job market presents opportunities for those with skills in Geographic Databases Systems and Science (GIS).

Program Offerings

  • 100% online
  • Easy to transfer credits
  • Enroll in the spring, summer, or fall semesters
  • All courses led by faculty with direct industry experience
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify
  • The program can be completed in as few as 18 months
  • Unique course offerings based on your career path

Learning Outcomes

  • Deep knowledge of various industry applications for GIS.
  • Ability to formulate requirements and constraints in spatial analysis
  • Spatial analysis abilities with selected GIS software
  • Skills for design and application for real-world GIS applications
  • Hands-on knowledge of popular GIS software such as ArcGIS

Career Paths

  • GIS Business Development Executive
  • Senior GIS Analyst
  • Senior Water Resource Engineer
  • Visualization and Open Data Specialist
  • Crime Analyst
  • Mapping Technician
  • Cartography


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