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M.S. Geographic Information Science


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.


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

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


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 of all previous degree(s) and credits earned from all accredited institutions, 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.


With three 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.




  • GEOG 32545 Principles of GIS
  • GEOG 32601 GIS Research Seminar
  • GEOG 32543 Applications of Remotely Sensed Data
  • GEOG 32580 Spatial Analysis and Geostatistics
  • GEOG 32582 Cartographic Design and Visualization
  • GEOG 32650 GIS Database Design

Choose One:

  • GEOG 32699 GIS Thesis
  • GEOG 32698 GIS Research Paper


Our admissions process combines an examination of academic ability with flexible assessment of an applicant's experience and potential.

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.



SessionProgram Start DateLast Class Day
Summer 2 July 2, 2018 August 17, 2018
Fall 1 August 27, 2018 October 12, 2018
Fall 2 October 15, 2018 December 14, 2018

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