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Program Background

Garrett StrongThe Geography program at Northwest Missouri State University has a rich history of innovation, student success, and University support. Since the early 1990s, the Department has had a strong component of GIS and related geo-technologies as part of its undergraduate degree programs. Building upon the department's strength in GIS and the University's experience in online education, the Department began planning for the online graduate GIScience program in 2001. The first students for the online GIScience program were admitted for the fall 2003 semester. The first M.S. degree in GIScience and graduate GIScience certificates were awarded spring 2005.

The GIScience faculty have a proven commitment to the graduate and undergraduate programs, our students, the post-graduate industry, and the field of Geography. Our faculty are well-balanced human and physical geographers with specialties in GIS and GIScience. They have a background in undergraduate and graduate education, public and private employment, and GIScience research. Our pedagogical philosophy is to balance theoretical knowledge in GIScience with technical applications.  The faculty maintain strong ties with the industries that employ our graduates.

Northwest Missouri State University has been a leader and innovator in online instruction. The University applies information technology to improve learning processes.