Geographic Information Science—MGIS

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. Are you ready?

Our Accelerated Master's Program is available for current Michigan Tech students.

Program Overview

Our masters of geographic information science program provides you with a foundation in geospatial principles and analysis. From there, you 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.

  • Delivery Options

    • Accelerated: MS
    • On-Campus: MS

Geographic Information Science Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the geographic information science program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Geographic Information Science is a designated STEM program.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

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Graduate Director

Michael Hyslop

Graduate Assistant

Marjorie Banovetz


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your Geographic Information Science MGIS. Sample areas include:

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

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

Who You'll Work With

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

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.

Faculty Spotlight

Gregory Odegard

Mike Hyslop
Principle Lecturer, MGIS Program Director

"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.

Program Faculty