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Geographic Information Systems (Master's)

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Develop the technical and strategic skills needed to help solve real-world problems related to geographic information systems (GIS). Whether determining the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, or detecting crime patterns in a city, GIS organizes and displays spatial data to help inform decision-making. You’ll learn how to:


  • Analyze geographic data

  • Select appropriate applications of GIS technology to solve spatial problems

  • Analyze real-world problems and select appropriate GIS tools

  • Plan, implement, and execute a GIS project


From the latest trends in GIS such as using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for GIS purposes, to more foundational spatial data processing, you’ll be prepared to plan, implement, and execute GIS projects.

To learn more about the Information and Communications Technology degree, visit the program overview page.


Required Courses

MS in Information And Communications Technology with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Core courses - 16 qtr. hrs

Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.


Concentration courses - 20 qtr. hrs (Choose 5) *GIS 4101 and GIS 4700 are required

Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.


Elective courses - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Information And Communications Technology programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Popular electives for students pursuing Information And Communications Technology programs include:


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Careers in Geographic Information Systems

Titles
GIS Specialist, GIS Analyst, Systems Architect, Developer, GIS Technician, Geospatial Analyst, Data Manager, Programming Lead, Project Manager, Geoscientist.

Duties
Content management, coordination, mapping, design, development, management, research, idea generation, server maintenance, troubleshooting.

Outlook
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 Information and Communications Technology

YOU are in high demand!
One of the fastest growth rates among all occupations in the US, computer scientist and database administrator job openings are expected to grow 53% in the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the ICT career outlook is incredibly positive, with a 28% employment increase expected within the field. Whether you choose a career at a government agency, large corporation, or small organization, ICT professionals are in high demand—particularly if you have job experience and relevant education in information and communication technology under your belt.

ICT makes the grade.
The best jobs are in IT, according to U.S. News and World Report. From Information Technology Manager to Database Administrator, Software Developer to Web Developer, these jobs crack the top 10 careers on the U.S. News and World Report list of top 100 best jobs, as there is an explosive demand in the IT field. A master's degree is preferred for most positions, according to U.S. News and World Report, which also predicts that a focus on mobile application development will help professionals beat the competition.

Where are they now?
Alumni from University College who graduated with a master's degree in information and communication technology hold job titles such as Systems Administrator, Project Manager, Network Engineer, Managing Consultant, Network Architect, Lead IT Analyst, Data Engineer, and CEO in companies and organizations such as Pratt & Whitney, Ironware Technologies, iBoss Security, PayPal, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Vanguard Communication, CenturyLink, Advanced Program Group, Level 3, Verizon Wireless, IBM, IntelliDyne, Cisco Systems, Chevron, Time Warner, Harland Financial Solutions, and the United States Air Force.

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