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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.

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.



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

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
Chris Lukinbeal
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Annie Prisbrey
Tuition and Fees
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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 Begins: January (In-Person); August or January (fully-online)

GRE Required: No

Minimum GPA: 3.0 on 4.0 Scale

Official Transcripts: Yes, from all previous institutions

Statement of Purpose: Yes

Resume: Yes

Application acceptance end date: Ongoing, or October 1 for international students seeking admission to in-person MS-GIST.

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). 


Admissions Deadlines

October 1 for international applicants seeking admission to in-person MS-GIST. 

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

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 18 May 2018