Master of GIS Degree (This is an online degree)

The Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree is modeled after the online Executive MBA programs. Students who enroll in the degree will ideally have had previous GIS coursework (having taken at least one GIS course at the undergraduate or graduate level) or be currently employed in a position which requires the use of GIS or GIS-based information services (i.e., either a GIS professional seeking greater training or someone who must manage GIS workers or who needs information from a GIS to perform his/her job).

Minimum Admission Requirements

To enroll in the Master of GIS degree program, students must meet the requirements to be admitted into UCA's Graduate School as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin , including: 1) a bachelor's degree, 2) a GPA of 3.0, and 3) each student must have successfully completed at least one college-level GIS course or be currently employed in an agency/business where GIS is frequently used by the student. In consultation with Dr. Jeff Allender, Chair of the Department of Geography, exceptions to #3 will be considered.

Degree Options

The Master of GIS degree has two options, a thesis option, and a non-thesis option. Important information regarding timelines and required courses are provided below for both options.

Course Requirements – Thesis Option The 30-hour, Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree (thesis option) is configured as outlined below:

  • Required Courses (27 credit hours)
    • GEOG 5310 Geographic Information Systems
    • GEOG 5315 Mapping Fundamentals for GIS
    • GEOG 5345 Digital Image Processing for GIS
    • GEOG 6320 Technical Issues in GIS
    • GEOG 6328 Spatial Analysis and Modeling
    • GEOG 6V60 Directed Readings and Research in GIS (3 credit hours total)
    • GEOG 6380 GIS Research Methodology
    • GEOG 6V90 Thesis (6 credit hours total)
  • Elective Courses (3 credit hours)
    • GEOG 5312 Health Applications of GIS
    • GEOG 5340 Fundamentals of Database Design and Development
    • GEOG 6330 Environmental Applications of GIS
    • GEOG 6333 GIS for Planning and Public Administration

Course Requirements – Non-Thesis Option The 30-hour, Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree (non-thesis option) is configured as outlined below:

  • Required Courses (21 credit hours)
    • GEOG 5310 Geographic Information Systems
    • GEOG 5315 Mapping Fundamentals for GIS
    • GEOG 5340 Fundamentals of Database Design and Development
    • GEOG 5345 Digital Image Processing for GIS
    • GEOG 6320 Technical Issues in GIS
    • GEOG 6328 Spatial Analysis and Modeling
    • GEOG 6380 GIS Research Methodology
  • Elective Courses (9 credit hours)
    • GEOG 5312 Health Applications of GIS
    • GEOG 6330 Environmental Applications of GIS
    • GEOG 6333 GIS for Planning and Public Administration
    • GEOG 6V60 Directed Readings and Research in GIS (3 credit hours total)
  • Graduate Portfolio
    • Upon completion of their coursework, students must submit to their academic adviser a portfolio of sample work from their MGIS courses. The Graduate Portfolio shall consist of work from the following courses:
      • GEOG 5315 Mapping Fundamentals for GIS
      • GEOG 5340 Fundamentals of Database Design and Development
      • GEOG 6328: Spatial Analysis and Modeling
      • plus sample work from two elective courses
    • The portfolio will be reviewed by a committee of all faculty within the MGIS program who will determine whether the portfolio passes or fails.

Cost & Fees

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Program taught in:
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This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Sept. 2019
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