Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) (Master's)
The Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences degree (MSGISc), offered entirely online, is jointly provided by the University of Denver’s, college of professional and continuing studies, University College, and the Department of Geography. University College also offers a graduate certificate in GIS both online and on campus at the University of Denver. GIS training prepares students to apply cutting-edge Geographic Information Systems technology skills to solve real−world problems, whether you're determining the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, or viewing similar crimes in a city to detect a pattern. Geographic Information Systems have the capability to store, retrieve, and analyze spatial information by combining layers of data in order to provide valuable understanding of a locale.
GIS students receive applied instruction from professional practitioners as they learn to plan, implement, and execute a Geographic Information Systems project through remote sensing, internet mapping, or digital image processing. The Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences degree allows students to explore GIS training fundamentals at a very hands−on, applied level necessary to succeed in the field. A major advantage of the Geographic Information Sciences degree through University College and the Department of Geography is the contextual background students receive, from the management of natural resources to public utility management, public works engineering, environmental impact assessment, and even market research.
In a burgeoning integrative world, it is vital to grasp the diverse fundamentals of each topic within the GIS industry and gain an insider's perspective to specific fields as they each relate to GIS training. From database design to GIS applications for natural resources, statistics to project management, the program offers a robust and rigorous education in GIS for current or aspiring professionals within the field.
Geographic Information Systems Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Understand the nature of geographic data
- Recognize appropriate applications of GIS technology to solve spatial problems
- Be able to apply GIS technology to solve real-world problems
- Be able to plan, implement, and execute a GIS project
- Completion of a minimum 48 credit hours(24 GIS & 24 GEOG) that includes all required coursework
- Completion of a project (committee approved)
- Presentation of the project at a professional forum
Required course work (20 credits)
- GEOG 3000 Advanced Geographic Statistics
- GEOG 3010 Geographic Information Analysis
- GEOG 3140 GIS Database Design
- GEOG 3150 GIS Project Management or GEOG 3200 Remote Sensing or GIS 4700 Introduction to Remote Sensing
Geography MSGISc courses(a minimum of 20 credits - Any GIS elective course may be used here):
- GEOG 3040 GPS for Resource Mapping
- GEOG 3410 Urban Applications in GIS
- GEOG 3860 GIS Applications for Natural Resources
- GEOG 3130 Advanced Remote Sensing
Capstone Courses (8 credits)
Careers in Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences (GISc)
GIS Specialist, GIS Analyst, Systems Architect, Developer, GIS Technician, Geospatial Analyst, Data Manager, Programming Lead, Project Manager, Geoscientist.
Content management, coordination, mapping, design, development, management, research, idea generation, servers maintenance, troubleshooting, mapping.
GIS is considered one of the fastest growing industries, according to a 2012 report by U.S. News and World Report. The geospatial market is growing at an annual rate of nearly 35%, with commercial ventures increasing at a rate of 100% each year, according to U.S. Department of Labor’s High Growth Industry Profile report. Trends within the industry include the adoption of HTML5 as a preferred technology for online mapping, in addition to open source GIS continuing to expand, according to GISlounge.com. By 2015, the GIS industry is poised to become a $10.6 billion industry, according to 2012 Global Industry Analysts, Inc. report.
Careers In Geographic Information Systems
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Employment for geographers is expected to grow 35% through 2020, much faster than the average especially for the professional, scientific, and technical services industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Governmental agencies provide for about 15% of surveying, cartography, and photogrammetrist jobs-primarily in Virginia, Maryland, and the D.C. area. Most GIS positions in the private sector require a master's degree.
It's all about innovation!
Future GIS professionals will need to learn to navigate and manage a culture of change within the industry as Geographic Information Systems continue to evolve and innovate, according to the 2013 industry outlook by GeoPlace.com. A rising need for professionals with technological and management experience or education is expected, as job-seekers need to demonstrate a comprehensive range of skills in this changing job market, from geographic information systems to information and communication technologies, project management to leadership acumen.
Where are they now?
GIS graduates hold job titles such as Software Engineer, GIS Analyst, Engineer III, Analyst, Research Coordinator, and Systems Security Engineer for companies and organizations including Raytheon, Visa, Flight Safety Corp., General Dynamics, Pass Time, Clayton Holdings, Jones International, and the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command.