Graduate School

Geographic Information Science—MGIS

Admissions Requirement Update

For Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 semesters, GRE scores will not be required to complete your application.

Geographic information science is the science of making better decisions. Geospatial professionals integrate, map, analyze, and interpret data across disciplines to identify trends, relationships, and patterns. In a field that’s growing at a rate of 10 percent per year, skilled geospatial workers are in high demand. If you want a career that solves problems and answers questions, follow the coordinates to Michigan Technological University.

What you'll work on

We’ll provide you with a foundation in geospatial principles and analysis. From there, you can conduct interdisciplinary studies in statistics, communications, environmental policy, and business. You’ll use geographic information systems (GIS) technology—a combination of hardware, software, and geographically referenced data—to look at information in new ways and better understand what the data reveals. GIS technology has long been used by natural resource managers in land use planning, natural hazard assessment, wildlife habitat mapping, and timber management. It can also be used in emergency response planning, crime analysis, land records management, siting of retail stores, precision farming, and infrastructure upgrading.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Digital Image Processing
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Modeling

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Who you'll work with

From GIS modeling of riparian zones with Ann Maclean, to using drones to collect imagery with Curtis Edson, our faculty are experts in geographic information systems, cartography, global positioning systems, remote sensing, digital image processing, and spatial modeling.

Faculty Spotlight

Ann Maclean

Ann Maclean
Graduate Studies

"We use GIS to make timely, efficient, and cost-effective decisions."

With the development of user-friendly interfaces, powerful and affordable computer hardware and software, and widespread distribution of digital data, Maclean and other resource managers now have access to a broad array of spatial-analysis tools.

Where you'll work

The Master of Geographic Information Systems program is housed within Michigan Tech’s College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, home to first-rate laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment.