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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
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$38,688

Format
Evening or Online

Admission
No GRE or GMAT

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

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

All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.

4

Core Courses

4

Concentration
Courses

4

Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development,
and future direction of the industry. These courses
provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout
your concentration and elective courses. The capstone
serves as the culminating academic experience in
which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field
of study.

ICT 4000 Business Essentials for Technology Leaders
ICT 4001 Technology Leadership
ICT 4005 Technical Essentials
And choose one of the following:
 
ICT 4901 Capstone Project
OR  
ICT 4902 Capstone Seminar
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

GIS 4101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GIS 4620 Geodatabase Application
GIS 4700 Remote Sensing I
GIS 4860 Web GIS
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Information and Communications Technology program include:

GIS 4007 Creative Problem Solving and Programming Concepts
GIS 4080 Python Programming in GIS
ICT 4100 Principles of Project Management
ICT 4200 Cybersecurity Foundations
GIS 4200 Geospatial Intelligence
GIS 4520 GIS in Telecommunications
ICT 4605 Principles of Information Security
GIS 4690 GPS for GIS
GIS 4740 Remote Sensing II
ICT 4985 Industry Innovation Project

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.

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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.

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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Geographic Information Systems

Join a growing industry. By 2030, the GIS market will reach $25.6 billion, according to Prescient & Strategic Intelligence.

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

Expect to see continued growth of mobile GIS applications, as GIS mobile application use is up 36% and continues to grow.

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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“That master’s degree had been on my bucket list for more than 20 years and I just started thinking now’s the time, I’m not going to procrastinate anymore!” —Carolyn Hinkley, graduate.

Flexible Online Classes

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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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Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.
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Timothy Bradsby

Portfolio Manager,
Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies

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Don Halloran

Founder & CEO,
Waypoint Group


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Mark Merkow

Senior Security Engineer,
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.


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Darl Kuhn

Solutions Architect,
RMCI


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Nathan Braun

Educational Consultant & Adjunct Faculty, University of Denver, University College

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Mike Prasad

Architect/Engineer,
State of Colorado


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Glenn Ware

Director Corporate Systems,
Xcel Energy


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Amber Cardillo

Sr. Director Americas Telco,
VMWare


Accreditation

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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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Colorado Technology Association

The Colorado Technology Association represents technology leaders, professionals, companies, IT departments, government and legislative leaders, and industry advisors. CTA provides members with community, insight, connections and advocacy. Our industry development work spans public policy to education to leadership.

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