General Information

Geographic Information Systems Technology (MS)  
Program Description

The Geographic Information Systems Technology (GIST) master’s degree and certificate provides training for those seeking employment in the high growing geospatial industry. We offer two GIST options.

  • MSGIST - Masters of Science in GIS Technology
    • (in-person or fully online offering)
  • PGIST Certificate - Professional GIS Technology Certificate
    • (fully online certificate)

Both options integrate GIScience, cutting-edge GISystems, and geospatial technology with management skills for use in government, corporate, nonprofit, and academic settings. The comprehensive curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of working professionals seeking to improve their careers and for recent graduates seeking employment.


Download the GIST Brochure here


  • Is intended for students with either extensive or limited experience in GIST.
  • Meets in the evenings (Monday-Thursday) or online
  • Does not require a master's thesis or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Can be obtained in three semesters 

The University of Arizona is one of the premier public research universities in the world, ranked by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as one of the top research public universities in the United States and is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The 380-acre campus is located in central Tucson, an affordable and culturally vibrant city surrounded by the beautiful and dramatic Sonoran desert

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Geography and Development -

Graduate students in the School of Geography and Development (SGD) benefit from the broad range of faculty expertise and strong links to interdisciplinary research centers across campus. Our work spans the discipline, from physical geography (climate science, dendrochronology, remote sensing, spatial science), to human-environment (political ecology, water policy, climate change) to human geography (development, state theory). Our shared commitment to collaboration and community makes for a lively and engaged department.

SGD offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, two professional master’s degrees, and participates in several graduate certificate programs

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Elizabeth S Cordova
Graduate Program Coordinator
Elizabeth S Cordova
Director of Graduate Studies
Iris E Patten
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Academic Year: January to December(In-Person) August to July(fully-online)

GRE Required: No

Minimum GPA: 3.0 on 4.0 Scale3.0

Official Transcripts: Yes, from all previous institutions

Letter of Recommendation: Yes, 2

Statement of Purpose: Yes

Resume: Yes

Course enrollment begins: Mid October for in-person students and mid-July for fully-online students

Application acceptance end date: Ongoing

Admission restrictions: Your place in the program is not guaranteed until you have enrolled


Standardized Tests

Minimum GPA


Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) Score


Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based) Score


Minimum IELTS (overall band score)


Financial Aid

The first source for financial aid is through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.  For U.S. residents, make sure that you file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply as early as possible for Financial Aid and make sure your funding is spread across the entire program (Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters). 

The MS-GIST Program is also part of the new Workforce-Ready Master's Fellowship offered through the University of Arizona Graduate College.  These fellowships consist of $3000 in one year for students approved by the Graduate College for the program.  More information here.

Eligibility Criteria for Workforce-Ready Master's Fellowships include:

  • Student must be a legal Arizona resident
  • Student must meet all program and Graduate College Admissions criteria
  • Student must be admitted to one of the eligible programs of study
Admissions Deadlines


International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits:
Core coursework:
Language requirements:
Other requirements:

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 31 Aug 2016