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Offered jointly by the University of Denver's college of professional and continuing studies, University College, and the Department of Geography, a Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) is available entirely online to students seeking advanced GIS training. University College also offers a graduate certificate in GIS both online and on campus at the University of Denver.

For students who wish to pursue an MSGISc degree, they may start at University College without taking an entrance exam, such as the GRE. Students in this GIS program will benefit from earning a graduate certificate before going on to earn their MSGISc degree with the Department of Geography (either online or on campus). Before moving on to the Department of Geography, students must earn a B or better in each GIS course at University College if they wish to transfer to the Department of Geography.

The GIS program prepares students to strategically solve real-world problems and come up with cutting-edge solutions through a combination of technology and business skills. GIS students will learn the nature of geographic data while recognizing the appropriate applications of GIS technology to solve spatial issues.

Led by experts with practical experience in the field of geographic information systems, classes are delivered entirely online for degree-seekers, or if you're a graduate certificate student classes are held either on campus in the evenings or online. Students may customize their degree to meet their specific GIS career needs, whether they require additional skills in business, project management, or information communications technology. Graduate certificate and master's degree seekers will appreciate a hands-on approach in project-oriented courses that provide students with a better understanding of how to plan, implement, and execute a GIS project.

Director's Message

Steve Hick

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Geographic Information System (GIS) program at the University of Denver. GIS is a rapidly expanding field and has been identified by the US Department of Labor as one of the three fastest growing career opportunities in this country. For twenty years we've offered a Certificate of Advanced Study in GIS in University College and a Master's in Geographic Information Science in the Department of Geography. We take pride in our academic legacy, our GIS lab facilities available to on campus and online students, and our resources featuring market-leading software products, including an ESRI site license and an Education Edition of ArcInfo for every enrolled student. Technology moves quickly and our curriculum evolves with it. Are you ready to climb aboard the GIS train?

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