Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses


Program Description

The applied Geographic Information System (GIS) program will give student the critical knowledge to succeed in the challenging world of geospatial technologies. This includes advanced classes and labs in global positioning systems (Trimble), remote sensing (ERDAS IMAGINE), GIS (ArcGIS) and web-based mapping and spatial analysis. In particular, applications of these technologies in the oil and gas industry, public health sector,  parcel mapping, local government, national security and market research are featured. Additionally, this program is designed to enhance an individual's knowledge in geographic information science and technology as well as the applications in resource management, asset management, environmental impact assessment, and urban planning.


Admissions

Applicants seeking admission to the MS in Geographic Information Systems must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) of all previous college work
  4. Official GRE scores
  5. Two letters of recommendation from faculty in the student's major at the undergraduate degree-granting institution

Degree Requirements

Plan 1 - MS in Geographic Information Systems (Non-thesis)

Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (Non-thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Sepcified Courses (21 credit hours)
GEOG 5361 Geographic Information 3
GEOG 5362 GIS Principles and Application 3
GEOG 5363 Internet GIS 3
GEOG 5364 Spatial Analysis 3
GEOG 5365 Digital Image Processing 3
GEOG 5366 Cartography and Visualization 3
GEOG 5367 GIS Programming 3
Electives (15 credit hours) Choose five from:
GEOG 5310 GIS Project Management 3
GEOG 5311 GIS in Law Enforcement 3
GEOG 5368 GIS Program Use and Applications 3
GEOG 5369 Intership in GIS 3
GEOG 5371 GIS Energy-Related Fields 3
GEOG 5373 Introduction to LiDAR and Radar 3
GEOG 5374 Advanced GIS Analysis 3
GEOG 6061 Graduate Seminar in GIS: Applied GIS Research Methods 3
Total Credit Hours 39

Plan 2 - MS in Geographic Information Systems (Thesis)

Notes
* Once enrolled in GEOG 6099 Thesis II, students must continuously enroll in this course until graduation.
Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (Thesis option)
Course Name Hours
Sepcified Courses (27 credit hours)
GEOG 5361 Geographic Information 3
GEOG 5362 GIS Principles and Application 3
GEOG 5363 Internet GIS 3
GEOG 5364 Spatial Analysis 3
GEOG 5365 Digital Image Processing 3
GEOG 5366 Cartography and Visualization 3
GEOG 5367 GIS Programming 3
GEOG 6061 Graduate Seminar in GIS 3
GEOG 6061 Graduate Seminar in GIS: Applied GIS Research Methods 3
Electives (6 credit hours) Choose two from:
GEOG 5310 GIS Project Management 3
GEOG 5311 GIS in Law Enforcement 3
GEOG 5368 GIS Program Use and Applications 3
GEOG 5369 Internship in GIS 3
GEOG 5371 GIS Energy-Related Fields 3
GEOG 5373 Introduction to LiDAR and Radar 3
GEOG 5374 Advanced GIS Analysis 3
Thesis (6 credit hours)
GEOG 6099 Thesis II* 3
GEOG 6398 Thesis I 3
Total Credit Hours 39

Courses

Geography (GEOG)
Geography (GEOL)

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