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Programs : Master's : Master of Science GIScience

Spatial analysis plays an increasingly important role in today's society. From assessing the vulnerability of water resources, to predicting urban growth patterns and even selecting sites for movie shoot locations on city streets, geographic analysis can provide much needed information. The Emphasis in Geographic Information Science program is designed for students who are interested in developing advanced skills in either developing or applying GIScience techniques.

Students in this program will acquire and apply specialized skills in techniques such as geographic information systems, computer cartography, spatial analysis and/or remote sensing. Completing a thesis in GIScience provides the student with an opportunity to gain experience in a real world applications or to further investigate more theoretical concepts.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree GIScience Emphasis

  1. A minimum of 30 units of which not more than six may be in disciplines other than geography and at least 15 units from 600- and 700-numbered courses in geography
  2. Geography 700 and 701
  3. A thesis in the area of geographic information science (Geography 799A)
  4. Fifteen units from the following list of geographic information science courses: Geography 581 through 585, 589, 591-592 (formally 587-588), 683 through 688L, 780
  5. Additional 500-, 600-, and 700-level coursework determined in consultation with the student’s thesis adviser


Program of Study (POS) Form for Master of Science GIScience

Completion of Thesis Proposal Defense

Completion of Thesis in an Approved Format

Petition for Academic Adjustment

All other Graduate Forms from Graduate and Research Affairs

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