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We offer an online Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science (GIS). Students taking a selected subset of courses for the online Masters degree may earn a Certificate in Geographic Information Science.
"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."
Samaritan's Purse International Relief
"Every course I have taken from the GIScience program at Northwest has provided me the knowledge to expand the use of GIS at my office or has provided me the ability to work much more efficiently."
Jason Robertson, GISP
"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."
Technical Staff Member
Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group
Los Alamos National Laboratory.
M.S. GIScience Graduate Spring 2005
"Even though I wasn't originally working in a GIS-related industry, Northwest offered a well- rounded program to study at my own pace and learn the theories, tools, and skills needed in geographic information science."
Information Technology Specialist 4
Iowa Department of Transportation
"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.
"It is important to me to be challenged both academically and in my career. The GIS graduate program at Northwest provides a rigorous curriculum and exceptional instruction, which has helped me become more innovative and confident at work. Now, as a Senior Geospatial Information Scientist, I feel better prepared to help my clients solve emerging, complex problems related to GIS, Information Technology, and the environment."
Senior Geospatial Information Scientist
Weston Solutions, Inc.
"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."
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."
Los Alamos National Laboratory
M.S. GIScience Graduate Spring 2006