The online Masters of Science in Geographic Information Systems Technology (GIST) integrates GIScience, cutting-edge GISystems, and geospatial technology, with management skills for use in government, corporate, non-profit, and academic settings.
We currently offer 2 graduate options in GIST:
This comprehensive program is designed to meet the important educational needs of working professionals seeking to improve their career standing as well as recent graduates seeking employment in the high-growth geospatial industries
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
Academic Year: August to May
Entrance Semester: Fall
GRE Required: No
Minimum GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Official Transcripts: Yes from all University and institutions attended
Letter of Recommendation: Yes, 2
Statement of Purpose: Yes
Course Enrollment begins: Mid-March and Mid-October
Admission restrictions: Your place in the program is not guaranteed until you have enrolled.
Students will also need to show proof of immunization per UA Graduate College requirement.
Required GRE Subject tests:
Recommended GRE Subject tests:
Minimum GRE Verbal:
Minimum GRE Quantitative:
Minumum GRE Written:
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.
This program will begin in the Fall semester of 2014.
Eligibility Criteria for Workforce-Ready Master's Fellowships include:
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Technology I
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Technology II
- Advanced Geographic Information Systems and Technology I
- Advanced Geographic Information Systems and Technology II
- Master's Project in Geographic Information Systems Technology