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The Master's program requires 32-35 credit hours and centers on a core of seven online courses (21 credits) that are required of each student. Students choose three elective courses (9 credits) and also complete a thesis. An introductory course in GIS is intended for students with limited background in GIScience. Students taking a selected subset of courses for the online Master's degree may earn a graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science. This option is appropriate for students seeking advanced coursework but who do not wish to pursue a Master's degree.
The courses in the GIScience program are taught by full-time faculty at Northwest with Ph.D. degrees. Four of these faculty members have GIScience and GIS as their primary specialty.
Prerequisite Course (exam to test out)
|32-545||Principles of GIS||3|
Required Core Courses
|32-601||GIS Research Seminar||3|
|32-543||Applications of Remotely Sensed Data
|32-563||OR Digital Image Processing|
|32-562||Digital Cartography and Geovisualization
|32-662||OR Issues in Cartographic Design|
|32-580||Spatial Analysis and Geostatisics||3|
|32-620||GIS Theory and Research||3|
|32-650||GIS Database Design||3|
|32-660||Trends in GIS||3|
|Total Core Hours Required||21|
Electives (Choose 9 hours)
|32-563||Digital Image Processing||3|
|32-611||Special Topics in GIScience||3|
|32-630||Raster-based GIS and Modeling||3|
|32-655||GIS Project Management||3|
|32-662||Issues in Cartographic Design||3|
|44-560||Advanced Topics in Database Systems||3|
|44-660||Database Design and Implementation||3|
|Total Elective Hours Required||9|
|Total Program Hours Required||32-35|
A Master's degree student takes a comprehensive exam near the end of his or her coursework. The degree candidate must earn an average grade of "B" or better to pass the comprehensive examination.
A Master's degree student conducts an original research project and writes a thesis documenting the research project. The degree candidate submits a thesis proposal to his or her thesis committee. The committee members must approve the proposal before the student proceeds with the thesis research. A formal defense of the thesis is required, which is conducted on-line through desktop conferencing software. The degree candidate must enroll in at least one thesis credit hour each trimester that he or she expects to consult with his/her committee or use university resources. At a minimum, two thesis credit hours are required for the degree.
Our students come from a broad diversity of backgrounds. Many of our students are using GIS in their current jobs and are seeking more in-depth knowledge to support and advance their careers. Other students want to make a career change to the GIS industry and are using the GIScience program to give them the education needed to become part of the rapidly growing geo-spatial workforce. Our students have undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of majors, including geography, forestry, geology, biology, agronomy, urban planning, environmental science, history, English, anthropology, architecture, and finance.
The Master's and certificate programs require that students have access to ArcGIS and its Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Network Analyst and Geostatistical Analyst extensions. For more details on software and hardware requirements, please see: Software Requirements.
Northwest Missouri State University is excited to offer this online Master's degree in GIScience.
|Application Procedures/Status||M.S. in GIScience program|
Patricia Drews, Ph.D.