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Geographic Information Systems Technology (MS) - Online 
Program Description

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:

  • Masters of Science in GIST (MSGIST) – instructor led in person or online offering
  • Professional GIST Graduate Certificate (PGIST) – online offering

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

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  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Elizabeth S Cordova
Graduate Program Coordinator
Elizabeth S Cordova
Director of Graduate Studies
Christopher L Lukinbeal
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Academic Year: Begins August or January

Entrance Semester: Fall/Spring

GRE Required: No

Minimum GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Official Transcripts: Yes from all University and institutions attended

Statement of Purpose: Yes

Resume: Yes

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. 


Standardized Tests
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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


International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Hours



Minor Requirements
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Last revised 27 Sep 2017