Department of Geography
Master of Geographic Information Science
Approximate Cost per Credit
$705 out of state
Time to Completion
Become a trusted expert and catalyst for change. In Kent State’s online Master of Geographic Information Science program, you’ll build essential technical, analytical and programming knowledge, customizing your coursework with electives in healthcare, cyber technologies and environmental analysis. With your degree, you’ll be equipped to improve the global systems that sustain individuals, families and entire communities.
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.
Kent State’s online Master of Geographic Information Science program is designed for busy working professionals and students seeking graduate education.
- 30 credits, consisting of four core courses, four electives and a practicum
- 7-week-long courses, with two courses taken sequentially each semester
- To keep class sizes small and maximize collaboration, we offer multiple sections of each course
- Graduate in as few as five semesters or 24 months
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.
Master of Geographic Information Science
Kent State University’s online Master of Geographic Information Science (MGISc) program helps provide you with the necessary expertise to make significant impacts on major global challenges such as health, water resources and climate change.
Master’s Program Outcomes
Students in the online MGISc program will master a wide-ranging set of technical skills and professional knowledge crucial for the successful development and management of rapidly evolving geographic information technologies. Between the required courses and the electives that comprise the degree, you’ll graduate with new skills in many of these areas, among others:
- Advanced theories and techniques for handling geographic information systems
- Principles of map design and the art of map construction
- Algorithms and tools used in computer science
- Emerging media and technology industries; basic programming concepts
- Urban and economic applications and analyses of spatial data
- The use of GISc in hazard research and management
- Essential spatiotemporal thinking and technical skills
- The geospatial methods and approaches used to understand and combat disease
- Essential concepts and skills needed to create and develop a geodatabase
- The basic principles of environmental remote sensing
Career Outcomes with a Master of Geographic Information Science
The Master of Geographic Information Science degree prepares graduates for analytical and managerial positions that utilize geospatial technologies.
Our graduates thrive in vital industries, including:
- Emergency management
Learn more about potential careers in geographic information science.
- Completed online application
- Complete bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), from an accredited university
- Three letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers
- Application fee: $45
- Official transcripts
- Goal statement
- No GRE required for admission
The application process is simple and we’re here to guide you through it.
Our Admissions Advisors are available to answer your questions regarding admissions requirements for the program. If you have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.
Each applicant is required to create an account in the online application system, which allows people to save their applications and track the progress of materials submitted via the application system.
I am a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?
Division of Graduate Studies
Kent State University
650 Hilltop Drive
Kent, OH 44242
Please be sure to include your full name and Kent State ID (9-digit number starting with 8) on all submitted documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions at +1 330-672-2661 or email@example.com.
I am not a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?
Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Rd.
Kent, OH 44242
For questions, contact International Admissions at +1 330-672-7970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Master of Geographic Information Science degree is comprised of three major components:
- Four core courses (12 credits each)
- Four elective courses (minimum 12 credits)
- One practicum (6 credits)
Core Courses and Practicum
GEOG 59070 Geographic Information Science (3 Credits)
GEOG 59080 Advanced Geographic Information Science (3 Credits)
Advanced theories and techniques for handling geographic information systems, including 2D and 3D processing of geographic information, detection and analysis of geographic patterns, 2D and 3D mapping of geographic information, modeling of geographic processes and an overview of GIS programming tools.
GEOG 69164 Cartographic Design (3 Credits)
GEOG 69231 Environmental Remote Sensing (3 Credits)
GEOG 69392 Practicum in Geographic Information Science (6 Credits)
Culminating experience for students in the MGISc program. It will be taken in place of two carousel specialist courses on the schedule for the student’s final semester. It is designed to provide practical experience in the application of MGISc course content in real-world professional settings. Students will select a professional project in consultation with their employers and program faculty and then will design, implement and report on their activities in a culminating professional paper.
Additional course options may be available at the department’s discretion.
CS 61002 Algorithms and Programming I (4 Credits)
CS 61003 Algorithms and Programming II (4 Credits)
EMAT 64210 Data Science (3 Credits)
GEOG 59072 GIS and Health (3 Credits)
GEOG 59075 Urban and Economic GIS (3 Credits)
Urban and economic applications and analyses of spatial data, especially theoretical and conceptual issues, including the possibilities and concerns associated with GIS, ethical considerations, and the various forms of data collection, visualization, analysis and dissemination.
GEOG 59076 Spatial Programming (3 Credits)
Examination of the design, development and use of geographic information technologies with computer programming to model, process and visualize geographic phenomena.
GEOG 59078 Geographic Information Science and Environmental Hazards (3 Credits)
GEOG 69004 Quantitative Methods in Geography (3 Credits)
GEOG 69007 Spatiotemporal Analytics (3 Credits)
Equips students with essential spatiotemporal thinking and technical skills in mapping, analyzing, visualizing, communicating and simulating the spatiotemporal data. ArcGIS and free packages in R and Netlogo will be used in the instruction.
GEOG 69073 Geographic Information Science: Global Health (3 Credits)
GEOG 69074 Geographic Information Science: Spatial Analysis for Health Geography (3 Credits)
Spatial analysis is used to verify patterns and associations in health data maps. These results can then be used to further hone the scientific question or help design an intervention strategy. This course will introduce spatial analytical approaches used by health researchers and practitioners in the exploratory investigation of health data. Students will also be exposed to new mobile technologies that can be used to enrich more traditional spatial data sources.
GEOG 69079 Environmental Geographic Information Science (3 Credits)
GPS and environmental spatial data are commonly used in a variety of management and assessment plans in fields related to environmental science to achieve effective decision-making and environmental resource management. This course will focus on techniques used to process, manage, visualize and analyze environmental data using GIS. Students will learn how to collect and process GPS and online sources of geospatial data and how to employ techniques such as suitability modeling, measuring distributions and calculating landscape metrics.
GEOG 69082 Cyber GIS (3 Credits)
GEOG 69083 Geodatabases (3 Credits)
Essential concepts and skills needed to efficiently create a geodatabase, add data to it and realistically model the real-world spatial relationships inherent to the data. Students will learn about geodatabase features that help ensure data integrity over time and about storing and managing geographic data.
GEOG 69231 Environmental Remote Setting (3 Credits)
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.
To participate in this online program, you will need a computer and broadband Internet connection. Your program may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio. If you have questions regarding technology requirements for the program, please contact your Admissions Advisor at email@example.com or toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.
Tuition and Financial Aid
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An additional distance learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change. For comprehensive tuition information, please refer to the tuition rates posted on the Bursar’s website.
We recognize that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant investment. Your Admissions Advisor can answer your questions on program costs, discuss how a Kent State degree compares to others and connect you with financial aid representatives when you are ready to discuss your financial options.