Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
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stack of documents icon Admission Requirements

Admission to the University of Cincinnati’s online Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems program is selective. Students should be highly motivated to pursue this degree and must meet the requirements outlined below.

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  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Background  or interest in geography or spatial analysis
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
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Bachelor Degree

A bachelor degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency.

GPA Requirement

At least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in undergraduate course work. If your background is not from GIS or if your GPA is below a 3.0, how has your past experience prepared you be successful in an MS in Geographic Information Systems? For example, what types of courses (university or online), industry experience, certificates have you completed to build skills in this area. Or what is it about your personal disposition or work ethic that would help you be successful in this program?

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of reference from individuals who know you professionally or academically. Recommendation letters should be submitted on letterhead with a clear indication of what the relationship is between the recommender and applicant.


Please provide official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (Unofficial transcripts are uploaded by student when applying)

*International transcripts must have a course by course evaluation completed from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).



Current resume or curriculum vitae.

Short Essay

Briefly describe you education background, past research experience, anticipated research project and topic, and explains your reason for pursuing the degree.


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International Requirements

An official TOEFL/IELTS is required for all international applicants.

International applicants must also submit foreign transcripts for evaluation to an agency recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluating Services (NACES;