Example Schedule for an MS SDS Student

We have five terms per year. The schedule below is an example of someone who is accepted on November 1 (for a January start).

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

The MS SDS Degree is 33 or 36 credits. The typical student course load is expected to be three to five courses per year. 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE (This is just a sample. You may not be taking some of these classes.)
 
  SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER FALL 1 FALL 2
YEAR 1
  • GEOG 482* or GEOG 864*
  • Entrance Interview
  • GEOG 483*
  • GEOG 484*
  • GEOG 485**
YEAR 2
  • GEOG 583**
  • GEOG 560**
  • GEOG 586**
  • GEOG 5xx* elective
  • GEOG 5xx* elective
  • GEOG 600 (thesis option)
YEAR 3
  • GEOG 596 (scholarly paper option)
  • GEOG 5xx* elective
  • File Intent to Graduate
  • Continue to work on paper or thesis
  • GEOG 600 (thesis option)
  • Graduate school commencement
  • Exit interview
 
 
 

* elective
** required class for the MS SDS degree

SAMPLE YEAR 1

Term 1: GEOG 482 or 864 (If you are not starting with the traditional track of the GIS Certificate Program, this class may be different.)
Term 2: GEOG 483 (If you are not starting with the traditional track of the GIS Certificate Program, this class may be different.)
Term 3: GEOG 484 (If you are not starting with the traditional track of the GIS Certificate Program, this class may be different.)
Term 4: GEOG 486, and Professional ethics seminar (You do not need to take this if you take GEOG 864.)
Term 5: GEOG 485

SAMPLE YEAR 2

Term 6: GEOG 583
Term 7: GEOG 560
Term 8: GEOG 586
Term 9: GEOG 5xx elective from Spatial data science application electives
Term 10: GEOG 5xx elective or first GEOG 600 (if you chose the thesis option)

SAMPLE YEAR 3

Term 11: GEOG 596 (if you chose the scholarly paper option) or GEOG 5xx elective from Spatial data science application electives
Term 12: first GEOG 600 (if you chose the thesis option)