Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

The applied Geographic Information System (GIS) program will give students the critical knowledge to succeed in the challenging world of geospatial technologies. This includes advanced classes and labs in GIS (ArcGIS), remote sensing (ERDAS IMAGINE), web-based mapping, model builder, programming, and spatial analysis. In particular, this program is designed to enhance an individual's knowledge in geographic information science and technology. Additionally, applications of the technology in the oil and gas industry, public health sector, parcel mapping, local government, national security, and market research are featured.

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) of all previous college work (international students must submit a third party evaluation of official transcripts for degrees from universities outside the United States).
  4. Official GRE scores
  5. TOEFL scores for international students
  6. Two letters of recommendation from faculty in the student's major at the undergraduate degree-granting institution

The degree requires thirty-six hours of graduate credit. A written comprehensive examination is administered by the comprehensive exam advisory committee for each degree candidate. The written examination must be scheduled with the GIS Graduate Program Coordinator at least four weeks in advance.  Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take the comprehensive examination. Requirements specified in the degree plan are subject to minor modification. All graduate coursework must be approved by the GIS Graduate Program Coordinator.

Plan 1 - MS in Geographic Information Systems (Non-Thesis Option)

Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (Non-thesis option)
Specified Courses
GEOG 5361Geographic Information3
GEOG 5362GIS Principles and Application3
GEOG 5363Internet GIS 3
GEOG 5364Spatial Analysis3
GEOG 5365Digital Image Processing3
GEOG 5366Cartography And Visualization3
GEOG 5367GIS Programming3
GEOG 5310GIS Project Management3
GEOG 5311GIS in Law Enforcement3
GEOG 5312GIS ModelBuilder 3
GEOG 5373Introduction to LiDAR & Radar3
Elective Courses
GEOG 5371Geographic Information Systems in Engergy-Related Fields3
or GEOG 5369 Internship in GIS
Total Hours36

Plan 2 - MS in Geographic Information Systems (Thesis Option)

Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (Thesis option)
Specified Courses
GEOG 5361Geographic Information3
GEOG 5362GIS Principles and Application3
GEOG 5364Spatial Analysis3
GEOG 5365Digital Image Processing3
GEOG 5366Cartography And Visualization3
GEOG 5367GIS Programming3
GEOG 5310GIS Project Management3
GEOG 5312GIS ModelBuilder3
GEOG 5363Internet GIS3
GEOG 5373Introduction to LiDAR & Radar3
Thesis
GEOG 6099Thesis II 13
GEOG 6398Thesis I3
Total Hours36