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Graduate masters degree

Research Master of Science in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST)

The 28-credit (+ 4 thesis credits) Research Master of Science in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) gives you the opportunity to partner with one of our expert faculty to design and implement a thesis project while earning your degree. Required courses are mostly online, but you will also have face-to-face interaction with a faculty mentor, and your thesis research may require you to work on-campus. Successful students may choose to enter the growing geospatial industry or to pursue further graduate study after completing this 2-year degree.

A typical 2-year (4 semester) program is outlined here.

Core and Elective Courses and credits:

Semester 1
GIST 5100 Foundations of GIS&T (3)
GIST 5150 Advanced Programming in the Spatial Sciences (3)
GIST 5200 Geographic Visualization (3)

Semester 2
GIST 5050 Database Design and Management (3)
GIST 5220 Spatial Modeling and Data Analysis (3)
GIST 5XXX Elective (3) (Choose from GIST or related courses)

Semester 3
GIST 5XXX GIST Electives (9) (Choose from GIST or related courses)

Semester 4
M.S. Thesis Research (4)
GIST 5002 Geospatial Forum (1)

For a full list of courses and descriptions, visit our Graduate courses list page.



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