The need for geographic information science experts continues to grow with an expected 10 percent increase in jobs by 20241. Kent State’s online Master of Geographic Information Science (MGISc) helps prepare you with skills that extend beyond simply understanding software features or capabilities.
As part of this program, you'll have the opportunity to design and manage geographic information technologies to develop and improve the tools and systems we rely on every day. Now, you'll have the additional advantage of choosing a concentration in Cyber GISc, Environmental GISc or Health & GISc.
Kent State's online Master of Geographic Information Science is designed for busy working professionals and students seeking a graduate education with the following features:
Once you are admitted to the program, your Admissions Advisor will craft your personalized degree plan, giving you a clear course sequence and path to graduation.
In a time when massive amounts of information and data are readily available at our fingertips, geographic information systems (GIS) technology continues to evolve and adapt to meet the needs of a rapidly changing field. Cyber GISc has emerged in recent years as a dynamic interdisciplinary field with an immense impact on numerous scientific domains and research areas. Many scientific problems require the aggregation of large and varied spatial data, creating a growing interest in the field of cyber GISc. In this concentration, students will navigate the challenges of managing, analyzing, filtering and visualizing large quantities of spatiotemporal data from mobile devices, supercomputers and web-based services. This concentration will help prepare graduates to work in local, state and federal government agencies, logistics-focused businesses, marketing, engineering and more.
Understanding the complexities of the earth’s ecosystems and our impact on the environment can be a daunting task that requires extensive amounts of information and subsequent analysis. In the Environmental GISc concentration, students will learn how GIS technology is used to understand the various resources, hazards and changes in our environment. Experts in the fields of emergency management, public safety and homeland security depend on this technology every day as they work to address environmental challenges across the world. Upon graduation, students are prepared to work in various levels of government and private sector consulting.
Where someone resides determines what healthcare options are open to them and what health-related concerns they may face. Public health, as a result, is a field that turns to geographic information science more and more frequently for analyzing trends in health across time and space. In the Health & GISc concentration, students will focus on medical or health geography as an area of research that uses geographic techniques and systems to study the impact of a person’s surroundings on their health. Students will learn to utilize mapping techniques to chart outbreaks and prevent the spread of epidemics around the world by identifying incidences and measuring their prevalence. Various levels of health-related government agencies, private industries and nonprofits turn to experts in health geographic information science to locate ideal sites for healthcare organizations or businesses and to improve health outcomes in communities.
The Master of Geographic Information Science is offered online and will prepare graduates for analytical and managerial positions that utilize geospatial technologies. Students will choose from three concentration areas: Cyber GISc, Environmental GISc, and Health & GISc.
Courses are delivered through our course management system, Blackboard Learn. Course content consists of text, narrated PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups, and other learning enhancements.