MS in Geospatial Information Sciences - FAQs

Who should pursue a MS in GIScience?

This degree is designed for someone desiring to seek rigorous understanding of the technologies, quantitative techniques, models and theories used to acquire, manage, and analyze spatially referenced information and processes. The focus of the program is professional, with applications in both public and private sectors.

What is the necessary education background for admission to the MS in GIScience?

A student needs to have completed a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and must be fluent in English. A related major could be beneficial, but it is not necessary.

Can my admission be considered before I complete my official application online?

Prereview is not possible. We can take no further action on admissions until we have received a formal application, including statement, GRE scores, letter of recommendation, and transcripts.

How long does the Master in GIScience program take to complete?

The Master's program requires 36 graduate hours. This program normally takes a minimum of four semesters if pursued as a full student.

What job opportunities are available for graduates of the Master's in GIScience program?

Graduates have jobs in the public, private, and academic sectors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the occupational title as "Geospatial Information Scientists & Technologists" (SOC Code 15-1199.04). In addition, The GIS Certification Institute furnishes a job network ( that can be consulted for listings of current job advertisements.

What are the admission requirements for the MS in GIScience program?

Besides the preceding educational background requirements, an applicant is expected to have combined GRE scores of at least 1,000 (old format) or 295 (new format) and a GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her undergraduate coursework.

What are the additional admission requirements for international students?

An international student must have a valid visa permitting him/her to study in the United States. S/he also must furnish proof of English proficiency with one of the following: (1) a degree from an accredited United States institution of higher education; (2) a TOFEL score (at least 550 for the paper test, 215 for the computerized test, and 80 for the internet-based test); (3) an IELTS score of at least 6.5; (4) a least a 67 on the PTE; or, (5) a passing grade in level 112 of English from an ELS Language Center. A student must submit a test score no older than two years from his/her date of admission.

What are the steps to apply for admission into the MS in GIScience program?

Step 1: Complete the Texas Common Application:

Step 2: Submit a personal statement:

Step 3: Take the GRE and have scores sent to UTD:

Step 4: For international students, take the TOEFL (or its equivalent) and have scores sent to UTD:

Step 5: Send official transcripts from all universities attended

Step 6: Pay applicable fees prior to registration

When are the important application deadlines?

For a Fall semester admission only, May 1 for international students, and July 1 for United States students.

For a Spring semester admission only, September 1 for international students, and November 1 for United States students.

How much are the tuitions and fees?

A Master requires 36 credit hours, of which a maximum of 12 credit hours can be transferred from a relevant graduate program of another university. Consult for further information.

Are scholarships, fellowships, assistantships (TA, RA) and other financial aid available?

A very limited number of TAs are available and are targeted toward potential Ph.D. students. RAs are available when faculty have funded research projects. Stipends normally begin at $1,100 per month for first-year students, on a 9-month basis, and usually include a waiver of all fees and tuition. At times, $1,000 scholarships are available for out-of-state students that are accompanied by a waiver of out-of-state tuition charges. U.S. are eligible for applying for a Pioneer Scholarship.

Note that the cost of living in Dallas is one of the lowest of any major metropolitan area in the US

Are other degree and certificate program available?

A student's priority is to successfully complete his/her master's program of study in a timely fashion. Some students find including a certificate program of study beneficial when they graduate and seek a job. Available programs include ones in: remote sensing, and geospatial intelligence (see