The Professional 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.
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.
PGIST Certificate APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Thank you for your interest in The Professional Geographic Information Systems Technology (GIST) Certificate. Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Paper applications will no longer be accepted, please submit all materials via this online Graduate Admissions Application.
Once your application has been submitted, you may check the status of your application at anytime by logging in to this account and opening this application. Please do not call the department regarding the status of your application. You will be notified via email as soon as a decision has been reached.
Information regarding the department, our faculty, and the courses we offer can be found at https://gis.arizona.edu/.
Graduate students in the School of Geography, Development, and Environment (SGDE) 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.
SGDE offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, two professional master’s degrees, and participates in several graduate certificate programs
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Arizona Online - Online
GRE Required: No
Minimum GPA: 2.75 on 4.0 Scale
Official Transcripts: Yes, from all previous institutions
Statement of Purpose: Yes. Your statement of purpose should describe your interest in the geospatial industry, your previous experience in GIS (if any) and what skills you would like to develop in the program. The statement of purpose should be 300 words or less.
Letter of Recommendation: Yes. You should include a single letter of recommendation that is signed and dated. It should indicate the connection between you and the person writing the recommendation.
Application acceptance end date: Ongoing
Admission restrictions: Your place in the program is not guaranteed until you have enrolled
See: graduate college requirements for all students. http://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements/all-students
Required GRE Subject tests:
Recommended GRE Subject tests:
Minimum GRE Verbal:
Minimum GRE Quantitative:
Minumum GRE Written:
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7
Please visit https://financialaid.arizona.edu for information on any available resources.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
University of Arizona= 4832
Minumum credits: 9
Core coursework: The courses required to obtain the Professional GIST Certificate will include the following existing courses. All courses except the GIST909 are taken for a letter grade. GIST 909 grading options include S, P, F, K, I, W.
Students pick any 9 units with advisor’s consent
GIST 601A: Geographic Information Science (3 units)
GIST 601B: Remote Sensing Science (3 units)
GIST 602A: Raster Spatial Analysis (3 units)
GIST 602B: Vector Spatial Analysis (3 units)
GIST 603A: Geographic Information Systems Programming and Automation (3 units)
GIST 603B: WebGIS (3 units)
GIST 604A: Applied GIS (3 units)
GIST 604B: Open Source GIS (3 units)
GIST 909: Master's Project in Geographic Information Systems Technology (6 units)
Students completing the Professional GIST Certificate that wish to continue on to the MS-GIST program will have to be admitted to the Graduate College as a degree seeking student and complete the following course work:
GIST 603A and B and GIST 604A and B (see above course titles)
GIST 909: Master?s Project in Geographic Information Systems Technology, 4 units.
Language requirements: None
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.