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The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. GIS training prepares students to apply geographic information systems technology to solve real−world problems, whether determining the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, or detecting crime patterns in a city. GIS solutions provide the capability to store, retrieve, and analyze spatial information by combining layers of data to yield valuable understanding of a locale.

As a current or aspiring GIS professional, you will receive applied instruction from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach as you learn to plan, implement, and execute a GIS project through remote sensing, internet mapping, or digital image processing. Also, you will develop a valuable business background with creative, solution−oriented techniques through this versatile program, which emphasizes applied education that will propel your GIS career forward. Students will explore GIS fundamentals at a very hands−on, practical level necessary to succeed in the field of GIS.

In the rapidly evolving, converged world of ICT, it is vital to grasp the diverse fundamentals of the IT industry and gain an insider's perspective to specific fields as they each relate to GIS. With technical skills and a strategic business background, you’ll meet current industry demands, plus prepare to meet the demands of tomorrow. Customize your Information and Communications Technology master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.

This degree 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

Information and Communications Technology Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Assess current and emerging technologies in such areas as mobile applications, wireless networks, and cloud computing
  • Define an enterprise architecture including hardware, software, databases, and communications networks and protocols
  • Evaluate, select, and apply software design and development methodologies that incorporate software development, acquisition, and/or re-use
  • Identify the operational and economic impact of system architecture and software applications in areas such as computer processing, data communications, network design, and software maintenance and support
  • Apply best project management practices
  • Apply good design processes and methods to develop production-quality systems
  • Plan and evaluate, select, and apply appropriate systems and software quality assurance methods and tools
  • Lead and coach others in the development of systems and software components
  • Communicate effectively with technical peers, management, customers, and end-users
  • Identify best practices in information assurance

Required Courses

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

Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs

Professional Foundations 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.


Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional 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.


Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.


Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs

The Graduate Research and Writing and Capstone Project courses are required for all master's degree students. The Graduate Research and Writing course prepares students for the writing and research assignments throughout their program, including the capstone project. The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.



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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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