The MSGIS is a professional degree that allows students to specialize in Geographic Information Science. The MSGIS gives students the in-depth experience required for advanced careers in GIS. The MSGIS culminates with a portfolio that showcases students’ coursework, which also serves to demonstrate GIS skills to potential employers. Unfortunately, MSGIS students are not eligible for departmental funding.

The MSGIS Program participates in the WRGP in-state tuition program. Students who are residents in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible for in-state tuition when enrolling in the MSGIS program. Applicants must meet all admissions requirements and apply within deadlines. Identify yourself as a "WICHE WRGP" applicant to be considered for the discounted tuition rate. There are a limited number of WRGP reduced tuition seats each year, so apply early.

Admission to the MSGIS does not require GRE scores. MSGIS applicants are expected to have proficiency in undergraduate mathematics, statistics, computing, programming, mapping, introductory GIS, and GIS methods as prerequisites to the program.  The following courses would suffice- GEOG 3140: Introduction to GIS; GEOG 3020: Geographical Analysis or an upper division basic statistics course; GEOG 5140: Methods in GIS; GEOG 1180: Introduction to Geo-Programming or an introductory-level programming course; or equivalent experience.  A program fee of $100 is required each fall or spring semester in which any courses are taken.

The MSGIS Handbook contains more information on required and elective courses.

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