Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences


The MS in Geospatial Information Sciences is a professional program offered jointly by the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The program provides students a rigorous understanding of the technologies, quantitative techniques, models and theories used to acquire and manage spatially referenced information and to analyze spatial processes.

Career Options

Graduates of the program can apply their skills in multiple areas including public sectors, such as policy analysis, smart cities, transportation planning, geospatial intelligence, emergency response, public health and environmental sustainability, as well as private sectors, such as marketing, site selection, logistics, driverless cars, real estate, internet of things and resource exploration (including petroleum).

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: For admission to the program, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college is required.

GPA: Minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Test score required: Yes

A combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 295 on the GRE, or equivalent score on the GMAT.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

A personal statement, approximately one page in length, outlining their background, education and professional objectives.

Deadlines: Admission is limited to fall and spring. For further deadline details, refer to the program website.