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Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences


The master of science in geospatial information sciences degree program provides students a rigorous understanding of the technologies, quantitative techniques, models and theories used to acquire and manage spatially referenced information and to analyze spatial processes. Offered jointly by the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the program focuses on the use of geographic information systems, which combine software and hardware capabilities for managing spatially referenced information. Students learn about concepts underlying GIS, acquire the skills for implementing GIS projects and master the ability to use GIS in pure or applied research in substantive areas. The curriculum incorporates the graduate certificate in GIS, offering a degree option for students seeking additional expertise in this area.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Geospatial Information Sciences

Catalog page: MS

MS in Geospatial Information Sciences Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

GPA: Minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Test score required: Yes

Combined GRE score of 295, or equivalent score on the GMAT, is advisable.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: Feb. 15 for financial support


Rita F. Medford
800 W. Campbell Road GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: GR3.222

Degree Information:
Fang Qiu
Program Head
Office: GR3.212

Possible Careers

GIS technician, GIS/Image analyst, cartographer, application developer; GIS coordinator/manager

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.