MGIS Degree Curriculum

The professional Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree program includes 23-26 required credits and a minimum of 9 elective credits to comprise the 35-credit degree program.

  • MGIS students must complete a minimum of 18 credits of 500-level courses.
  • As part of the program requirements, students are required to complete 6 credits of GEOG 596. (Individual GEOG 596 credit needs will be determined in consultation with the student's academic advisor.) These 6 credits are part of the 18 credit minimum mentioned above.

Our programs operate on a compressed semester (or term) system:

  • Fall 1: August through October
  • Fall 2: October through December
  • Spring 1: January through March
  • Spring 2: February through May
  • Summer: May through July

The typical student course load is expected to be three to five courses per year. It is recommended that students take only one course at a time. At the rate of four three-credit courses each year (one course per term, most students will complete the MGIS in about three years of part-time study.

Students earn the MGIS degree (35 credits) by successfully completing the following groups of courses:

  • Year 1: complete the classes that comprise either the Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program in GIS (11 credits) or the Graduate Certificate and Option in Geospatial Intelligence (13 credits);
  • Year 2: 9-18 credits of advanced (500-level) MGIS courses; and
  • Year 3: at least 6 credits of individual study.

The chart below illustrates a typical plan of study for the Master's Program. For course availability information, see our Course Calendar.

Year 1 - Complete the Classes that Comprise one of the Certificate Programs

Classes that comprise the Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program in GIS  or

11 credits

Classes that comprise the Graduate Certificate and Option in Geospatial Intelligence

13 credits

Year 2 - 500 Level Courses

GEOG 583*
Course Syllabus
Geospatial System Analysis and Design
Systematic approach to requirements acquisition, specification, design and implementation of geospatial information systems.
 
3 credits
GEOG 584*
Course Syllabus
Geospatial Technology Project Management
Principles of effective project management applied to the design and implementation of geospatial information systems.
 
3 credits
GEOG 586*
Course Syllabus
Geographical Information Analysis
Choosing and applying analytical methods for geospatial data, including point pattern analysis, interpolation, surface analysis, overlay analysis, and spatial autocorrelation.
 
3 credits
Elective(s) Choose electives on the Course Calendar. 3 - 6 credits

Year 3 - Individual Study

GEOG 596A*
Course Overview
Individual Studies--Peer Review
Preparation and presentation of a proposal for an individual capstone project.
3 credits
GEOG 596B*
Course Overview
Individual Studies--Capstone Project
Preparation and delivery of a formal professional presentation of the results of an individual capstone project.
3 credits (may be repeated up to 6 credits with adviser approval)
Elective(s) Choose electives on the Course Calendar. 3 - 6 credits
    35 credits (total)

*Required Course

Prerequisites as listed may be waived by the course instructor if you can demonstrate the required level of competency.

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