Master's Concentration

Geographic Information Systems

Develop the technical and strategic skills needed to help solve real-world problems related to geographic information systems (GIS). Whether analyzing environmental damage or detecting crime patterns, use GIS to inform decision-making. 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.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
January 7
Format
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Master's Degree
Tuition
$32,928
Time
As few as 18 months
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Skills You'll Learn


Analyze geographic data and solve spatial problems using appropriate GIS tools


Plan, implement, and execute a GIS project from start to finish


Leverage Python programming in a GIS environment

Curriculum

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

4
Core Courses
5
Concentration Courses
3
Elective Courses

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

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.

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
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Year 2 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
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We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Geographic Information Systems


Employment for GIS professionals is expected to grow 7% through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The increasing popularity of products such as Google Maps, the inte¬gration of location-based services on apps, and the prominence of maps in social media has brought GIS to the forefront of technology.


According to Boundless, the GIS market is projected to growth over $17 billion through 2023. Expect to see continued growth of mobile GIS applications, as GIS mobile application use is up 36% from last year.

Job Titles

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

Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists Salary: National Average

$86,510
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Accreditation

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Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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CNSS Accreditation

The curriculum aligns with the Common Body of Knowledge for CISSP certification developed by the International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium (ISC)². In addition, the concentration was developed in collaboration with the Colorado Springs and Denver chapters of the Information Security Systems Association (ISSA), and the courses have been mapped to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) standards. The University of Denver has been designated by NSA/DHS as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education.

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Project Management Institute

As a Registered Education Provider, University College has designed it's Project Management courses to parallel the Project Management Institute's (PMI*) "Project Management Body of Knowledge" (PMBOK* Guide).

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CTP is a non-profit, communications technology organization that focuses on promoting growth, innovation and leadership of communications companies and individuals in Colorado.

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