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M.S. Geographic Information Science

Overview


Northwest Missouri State University is offering an online Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science. The focus of this program is applied Geographic Information Science (GIScience) as used in industry and the public sector. GIScience studies the science and issues of using geographic information systems (GIS) technology. The online Masters program includes courses on such GIScience topics as modeling with GIS, geostatistics, cartographic design, GIS database design, and project management. The target population for the online Masters program consists of people working in business or government who wish to use GIS technology to solve real-world problems and who need in-depth knowledge that goes beyond the mechanics of using GIS software. Those in academia who want to use GIS as a tool to conduct research in their discipline may also be interested in the courses.

Courses

In order to earn the Master of GIScience Online, students must complete 30-33 credit hours for the thesis option, 31-34 credit hours for the non-thesis option, including 15 hours of core GIScience courses and 12-15 hours of advisor-approved elective courses.

Students who test out of 32-545 need only 30 hours for the thesis option and 31 hours for the non-thesis option.

To see the full list of Master of GIScience courses online, view courses.

Admissions

To be considered for admission to graduate studies at Northwest, an applicant should submit an application well in advance of enrollment date. The application along with official transcripts from institutions of all previous Bachelor's degree(s) and graduate credits, and GREGMAT scores or alternative requirements, if applicable, must be submitted to the Graduate Office. 

To learn more about the Master in GIScience online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition and Fees

To learn more about our Master in GIScience online tuition and fees, view tuition.

Calendar

With two start dates each year, the Master in GIScience online degree program is convenient and accessible. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation, and register for classes to begin on their desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master in GIScience online, view calendar.

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Courses


Prerequisite (Take or test-out)

  • GEOG 32-545  Principles of GIS

Core Courses

  • GEOG 32-601  GIS Research Seminar
  • GEOG 32-543  Applications of Remotely Sensed Data
  • GEOG 32-580  Spatial Analysis and Geostatistics
  • GEOG 32-582  Cartographic Design and Visualization
  • GEOG 32-650  GIS Database Design

Electives

  • GEOG 32-611  Special Topics in GIScience
  • GEOG 32-620  GIS Theory and Research
  • GEOG 32-630  Raster-based GIS and Modeling
  • GEOG 32-641  Geoprocessing with Python
  • GEOG 32-642  Internet GIS
  • GEOG 32-655  GIS Project Management
  • GEOG 32-660  Trends in GIS
  • GEOG 32-663  Digital Image Processing

Research Component

  • GEOG 32-698  GIS Research Paper
  • GEOG 32-699  GIS Thesis
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Admissions


To apply for admission to the Master’s program:

  1. Submit an application for Graduate Admission
  2. Forward to the Graduate Office official transcripts showing the baccalaureate degree and any previous graduate work.
  3. Submit two references using the GIScience program reference form View PDF
  4. Submit a two-page essay describing your career goals and how Northwest's GIScience program will help you meet those goals.
  5. Take the GRE and have your scores forwarded to the Graduate Office. If you have already taken the GRE, you may submit a copy of your official score report. The GRE requirement will be waived for applicants with a graduate degree (Master's or higher) from an accredited institution, for applicants who have earned the graduate GIScience certificate at Northwest, and for those with one year of documented full-time GIS professional work experience or three years of documented full-time professional work experience in any field. To document professional work experience for the GRE waiver, please email or mail a resume to the Graduate Office as part of your application materials.

Students applying to the MS or Certificate in GIS must complete all admission requirements by set deadlines for the fall and spring trimesters. Please contact the Graduate Office or program coordinator for specific deadlines. The GIS program does not accept new students for the Summer trimester.

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Calendar


SessionProgram Start DateLast Class Day
Fall 2018 August 27, 2018 December 14, 2018
Spring 2019 January 14, 2019 May 3, 2019
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