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 in geography or spatial analysis
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
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Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation commenting on their aptitude for potential graduate studies and research.


Unofficial transcripts are submitted online as part of the admission application process. Official transcripts of the student’s academic record of all undergraduate and graduate studies are submitted directly to the department, to the attention of the Geography Graduate Program Director.

Resume (CV)

Current Resume or CV

Bachelor’s Degree

Student’s who apply must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree with some focus on geography or spatial analysis from a nationally accredited institution. If there is no geography or spatial analysis you may be asked to enroll in related undergraduate coures.

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).


A short essay, no longer than two pages in length that briefly describes your education background, past research experience, anticipated research project and topic, and explains your reasoning for pursing a Master’s in Geographic Information Systems.

Writing Sample

Academic/professional writing samples

Application Fee

Application for Admission
Application fee ($65 domestic/$70 international)

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International Admissions

  • Program can be completed from abroad (no student visa for distance learning)
  • Minimum score requirements for the following:
    • Duolingo: 110
    • PTE: 54
    • TOEFL: 80 (waiver applies to certain English-speaking countries)
    • IELTS: 6.5
  • Submit transcripts for evaluation to an agency recognized by NACES
  • Letter grade (A, B or C) and total credit hours for each course
  • Students with a degree from a Chinese institution will receive further instruction