GIS

Maps codify the miracle of existence.— Nicholas Crane

Geographic Information Science—MGIS

Fast Facts

  • Geospatial jobs are in high demand and were recently listed among the 100 best careers in the United States.
  • Geospatial training has been targeted by the US Department of Labor for a high growth job training initiative as it is a field that is expanding at a rate of 10% annually with a projected shortfall of skilled workers.
  • The Master of Geographic Information Science degree is a 30 credit coursework-only program.

Learn more about the Master of Geographic Information Science program.

Graduate Program in Geographic Information Science

Michigan Tech’s graduate program in Geographic Information Science (GIS) provides cutting-edge education, training students to work as GIS specialists and managers. A strong foundation in core geospatial principles is provided, as well as interdisciplinary study in statistics, communications, environmental policy, and business.

The Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS) is designed to allow students with bachelor's degrees in any discipline to apply. Current Michigan Tech undergraduate students can earn an MGIS degree with just a single year of study beyond the BS through the Accelerated Master's Program. The MGIS is a professional degree rather than a traditional Master of Science (MS) degree, and is designed to prepare students for a career as a geospatial professional.

The uses of GIS technology are broad and cross many disciplines, including demographics, epidemiology, law enforcement and homeland security, natural resources, public health, and urban and regional planning. GIS is often associated with mapmaking, but geospatial professionals do much more. Responsibilities can include cartographic design, database management, programming, and system administration.

Learn more about the Master of Geographic Information Science program.

Master's Degree: Course Work Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the graduate program director. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits