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Northwest Missouri State University


Dr. Haddock oversees a student's progress (Photo by Darren Whitley)

Welcome to Masters in Geographic Information Science

We offer an online Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science (GIScience). Students taking a selected subset of courses for the online Masters degree may earn a Certificate in Geographic Information Science.

From Our Students

“As a GIS professional, I had worked in what I felt was a pretty good breadth of experience and exposure to GIS software throughout my career.  But enrollment in the M.S. in GIScience program at Northwest Missouri State introduced me to various aspects and portions of not just the GIS discipline, but other portions of Esri’s software.  Without this exposure, there were several portions of the Esri Certified Desktop Professional Exam that I wouldn’t have been able to answer, had it not been for the knowledge learned in the program, which enabled me to pass the exam.  Coming out of the program with both a degree and an advanced certification has enabled my career more than I thought possible when I first enrolled in the M.S. in GIScience program.”

Steven Stout
Sr. Geospatial Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton
Intelligence Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve
M.S. GIScience Graduate Summer 2013


"The M.S. GIScience program at Northwest Missouri State gave me an opportunity to advance my education without having to waste my time traveling.  The online program is user friendly and provides for a great learning experience.  Through my courses I have had the opportunity to interact with professors and fellow students to better increase my knowledge and understanding of GIS.  I would and do recommend Northwest Missouri State's M.S. GIScience program to all who are interested in furthering their knowledge of GIS."

Jeff Fellers
Forestry/Natural Resource Agent
Clemson Extension
M.S. GIScience Graduate Spring 2013


"The M.S. in GIScience program provided a well-rounded experience giving me more confidence in my profession.  The program has been instrumental in giving me the knowledge to integrate GIS into disaster relief and international development programs, which in turn contributes to saving lives and helping victims of disaster, disease, poverty, famine, and war."

Jeff Eisman
GIS Manager
Samaritan's Purse International Relief
M.S. GIScience Graduate Fall 2011


"The experience I gained in the Northwest GIScience program gave me the skills to support a multi-disciplinary team working on remote sensing for nonproliferation and homeland security."

Chris McLean
Technical Staff Member
Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group
Los Alamos National Laboratory.
M.S. GIScience Graduate Spring 2005


"I am happy to say that I was recently certified by the GIS Certification Institute as a GISP. I thank you and the other professors and support staff at Northwest Geography for the hard work you have all been doing for us students. A portion of the GISP certification application is dedicated to educational experience, and much of my score in it was based on the coursework I have taken at Northwest."

David Scherf, GISP
Environmental GIS Specialist
Ulster County (New York) Environmental Management Council
Awarded GIS Graduate Certificate in Spring 2005.


"My career goals include getting a PhD in Geography and Cartography. I chose the MS-GIS program at Northwest because it is the only thesis-based online graduate program in GIS. With the educational foundation from the program at Northwest and guidance from my thesis advisor, I was accepted in the doctorate program in a top-ranked Geography program with full funding as a research assistant with one a top GIScience researcher."

Eric Wolf
Ph.D. Student at University of Colorado, Boulder
M.S. GIScience Graduate Spring 2006


"The MS GIScience Program offered through distance-learning is an outstanding program. The program allows working professionals the ability to earn an advanced GIS degree while maintaining their current lifestyle. The instructors have done an excellent job in designing their classes to facilitate learning. Even though you do not meet your instructors face to face, they are extremely responsive to their students and really care about teaching. I enjoyed all of coursework and learned a tremendous amount. One of the strong points of this program is the coupling of GIS theory and principles with applied GIS. This was done through lab assignments and final course projects. I found the final course projects very fun and it was amazing to see all the different variety of projects that students produced. I would definitely encourage anyone interested in a MS in GIScience to consider the program at Northwest."

Kathryn Bennett
GIS Analyst
Los Alamos National Laboratory
M.S. GIScience Graduate Spring 2006