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Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
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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 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).

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 at student, you’ll get access to ArcGIS where you’ll complete projects and become and expert with the tool.

The program is led by experienced faculty who are experts in the field, and supported by 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.


UC Online (UCO) Offers An Affordable Master’s in GIS Program

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.

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
  • Access to ArcGIS used in coursework.

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 ESRI software such as ArcGIS


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This program’s coursework is structured to fit your needs and further your career.