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Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) (Master's)

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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 and the Environment. Master’s students seeking an MSGISc typically start at University College, where they will earn a graduate certificate before seeking admission to the Department of Geography and the Environment, where they will finish the master’s degree.

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. 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.

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.

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

Required Courses

  • 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)

Geography MSGISc courses(a minimum of 20 credits - Any GIS elective course may be used here):

Capstone Courses (8 credits)

Careers in Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences (GISc)

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

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

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. The increasing popularity of GIS products such as Google Maps, the integration of location-based services on smartphones and tablets, and the prominence of maps in social media has brought the field of GIS to the forefront of technology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, states with the highest level of employment for GIS professionals includes Maryland, Texas, California, Virginia, and Colorado.

Careers In Geographic Information Systems

Locate your dream job.
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 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.

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As a student, you'll gain access to a range of free services offered through DU Career Services. From resume and cover letter assistance to individual career counseling and assessments, you'll have valuable career support during and after your program.

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