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 global positioning systems (Trimble), remote sensing (ERDAS IMAGINE), GIS (ArcGIS) and web-based mapping and spatial analysis. In particular, applications of these technologies in the oil and gas industry, public health sector, parcel mapping, local government, national security and market research are featured. Additionally, this program is designed to enhance an individual's knowledge in geographic information science and technology as well as the applications in resource management, asset management, environmental impact assessment, and urban planning.

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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
  4. Official GRE scores
  5. 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 5364Spatial Analysis3
GEOG 5365Digital Image Processing3
GEOG 5366Cartography And Visualization3
GEOG 5367GIS Programming3
Electives
Select six of the following:18
GIS Project Management
GIS in Law Enforcement
GIS ModelBuilder
Internet Gis
Gis Program Use And Applicatns
Internship In Gis
Geographic Information Systems in Engergy-Related Fields
Introduction to LiDAR & Radar
Advanced GIS Analysis
Graduate Seminar 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 6061Graduate Seminar In GIS3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
GIS Project Management
GIS in Law Enforcement
GIS ModelBuilder
Internet Gis
Gis Program Use And Applicatns
Internship In Gis
Geographic Information Systems in Engergy-Related Fields
Introduction to LiDAR & Radar
Advanced GIS Analysis
Thesis
GEOG 6099Thesis II 13
GEOG 6398Thesis I3
Total Hours36