The Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program is designed
for professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge of analysis, management, and
communication of geographic information. It combines the development of strong technical
skills and in-depth understanding of geographic information science and theory.
Since this is an advanced, graduate level program in GIS, all incoming students
must have previous experience or education in GIS. As there are a limited number
of positions available in this program, it is important to ensure that students
have the appropriate aptitudes, expectations and intellectual preparation.
Entrance into this program is competitive.
Minimum requirements for entrance include:
- A Bachelors degree in any field.
- At least 2 years of professional experience using
completion of at least
2 college-level courses in GIS plus an internship lasting at least
- The equivalent of an undergraduate grade point average
(GPA) of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 during the final two years of study. Applicants
with a grade point average less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or who have undergraduate
degrees from countries where an equivalent of the GPA cannot be calculated from
transcripts must show promise of success based on other criteria.
- Two letters of recommendation confirming the applicant’s
potential for success in the program.
- Competence in speaking and writing English. Students
for whom English is a second language must demonstrate competence by submitting
TOEFL scores above 550 written (210 computer based, Internet based minimum of 80
with no section score lower than 18). Alternative internationally recognized tests
such as IELTS scores at band 5.5 or above may be considered equivalent.
- Analytical and technical aptitude demonstrated by a combination
of appropriate coursework, professional experience, GRE or
similar test scores, and/or letters of recommendation.
Updated June 2010.