Master of Science in GIS

The Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program is designed for professionals and recent graduates seeking to enhance their knowledge of the analysis, management, and communication of geographic information. It combines the development of strong technical skills and in-depth understanding of geographic information systems and theory.


MS GIS Program Overview

The one-year program consists of 10 months of coursework and the undertaking of a Major Individual Project (MIP). Each of the six terms are seven weeks in length and the annual schedule allows for two three-week breaks. Student cohorts begin each year in September and January. The two-year program consists of up to 12 seven-week terms, with corresponding three week breaks as in the one-year program.

Core theory courses and hands-on technology courses are provided in the first four terms. Project management courses are directed toward building students’ skills in project design and implementation, which accompanies their MIPs. Students receive intensive multi-day, instructor-led courses from the current Esri software training curriculum. Various GIS workshops and colloquia give students exposure to cutting-edge research and developments in GIS. 

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the functionality of GIS technology;
  •   Demonstrate high level skills in spatial analysis and geospatial problem solving'
  •   Master market-leading geospatial software and hardware;
  •   Understand recent and ongoing advances in geographic information systems and science;
  •   Design and implement a substantial GIS project;
  •   Effectively communicate and present project results in oral, written, and graphic forms.