Program Overview

The University of Redlands' Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems Program is a one-year intensive program designed for professionals seeking to enhance their existing academic foundations with a comprehensive understanding of geographic information science fundamentals and the use and application of GI technologies.

Key Program Components

Theory & Analysis

Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental theory and concepts upon which GIS technology is built. Our courses provide the necessary foundation to apply GIS to a multitude of problems.


As technology in GIS is quickly changing, the MS GIS Program is proud to provide training through Esri instructor-led courses in various Esri products including ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server. Our faculty will also teach fundamental software development.

Practical Application

All students in the program must complete a major individual project that addresses the needs of a real-world client. The project is comprehensive and involves requirements analysis, database and systems design, software development, systems implementation, and eventual deployment.

Instruction is provided through a mixture of lectures, written exercises, seminars, practical work, and individual and group projects. A final Major Individual Project integrates and demonstrates students' newly attained knowledge and skills.

Graduates can choose to become GIS practitioners prepared for positions as project managers, applications specialists, and applications software development team members. Those who continue as professionals in other fields will be fully competent to integrate geographic information technologies into their work.

Extensive Resources

Students have access to a number of great resources unique to Redlands.


Without a doubt, the University of Redlands is uniquely situated to take advantage of easy and frequent access to Esri's highly educated and experienced GIS professionals and their most current projects and technology. All GIS technology courses taught in the program are based on a selection of Esri's current commercial courses and taught by professional Esri trainers. This guarantees that program students receive the most up-to-date and accomplished technology training possible while the concurrent concept and theory courses provide the necessary theoretical and practical foundations for complete understanding. Other opportunities for interaction with Esri include in-depth seminars, project work, and social interaction through a weekly U of R colloquium held on Esri's campus.

Center for Spatial Studies

The Center for Spatial Studies (CSS) is a group of GIS professionals, researchers, and academics committed to integrating spatial thinking into instruction, research, and service to the University and the community at large. With its expertise in mapping, spatial analysis, programming, & project management, students often work closely with CSS staff to develop and complete their projects.

The University of Redlands

Complementing access to the practical expertise at Esri, the University of Redlands provides a world-class educational environment. Consistently ranked among the best small universities in the nation by US News and World Report, Redlands is always cited for its commitment to teaching. As a small, liberal arts and science university founded in 1907, the diverse curriculum provides an opportunity to offer our GIS students programs of study tailored specifically to each person’s entry background and career interests. The program provides an open learning environment in which international faculty and students learn together about the cutting edge of GIS technology, theory, and applications.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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