Geographic Information Science (GIS) Administration, M.S.

Degree:Master of Science (M.S.)
Major:Geographic Information Science (GIS) Administration
Certificate:Geographic Information Science (GIS) Certificate
Department:Earth and Environmental Sciences
Building 13, Room 206
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:45.0702
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 36

The MS in GIS Administration degree program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, including 12 credit hours of business courses and 24 credit hours of GIS coursework. It has only one track. 

Admission to the GIS Administration program does not require an undergraduate geography or related degree. However, foundation-level proficiency in GIS and experience with Esri ArcGIS Pro software is required to be successful in the program. These foundational proficiencies can be completed alongside core program courses or separately through our Graduate GIS Certificate program.  Many students enter with no previous GIS coursework. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • GIS academic preparation*
  • Submission of a letter of intent demonstrating graduate-level motivation and writing abilities
  • Submission of a resume including appropriate employment at increasing levels of responsibility
  • List two names of professional and/or academic reference including title, email, and phone number

*Transcripts are reviewed to determine if GIS foundational proficiencies have been met. 

No more than 49% of program requirements for this degree may be in traditional business subjects.