24 months
925 USD/credit 15262 USD/year
726 USD/credit 11979 USD/year
726 USD/credit 11979 USD/year
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Are you fascinated by how communities are organized? Do you want to help solve geographic challenges in city government, business, scientific research or public land management? If so, explore a master’s degree in Geographic Information Sciences from Central Michigan University.


Get high-quality training in a cutting-edge field. You’ll gain a broad-based education that combines geography, information science, statistics, remote sensing and environmental studies. Plus, the wide diversity of faculty expertise empowers you to pursue your unique research interests.

The Geographic Information Sciences program from Central Michigan University features the most comprehensive GIS curriculum in Michigan. You’ll learn to apply geospatial technologies (spatial statistics, cartography, unmanned aerial systems, remote sensing) to areas such as:

  • Surface hydrology.
  • Atmospheric processes.
  • Cultural and natural resource management.
  • Demography.
  • Historical change.
  • Location analysis.
  • Transportation/land use planning.
  • Regional economics.

Careers & Outcomes

CMU alumni in this program have garnered professional roles in a variety of settings. Careers range from management positions in county and state governments to project managers at Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) to spatial decision-making at private-sector firms across the country.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Cartography
  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • Python Programming for GIS
  • Quantitative Methods for Spatial Analysis
  • Research Design and Communication in GIS

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Rolling admission; but February 1 (to be considered for funding the following Fall)


33 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Along with the application, you’ll need to submit a $50 application fee
    • Submit a copy of your passport
    • Submit proof of English proficiency or your intent to study English upon arrival – unless you are from an exempted country where English is the primary language of instruction. 
    • You also may demonstrate English proficiency by completing the English studies program through CMU's English Language Institute. 
    • Applicants must provide a third-party course-by-course credential evaluation and document verification

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15262 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 925 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    11979 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 726 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11979 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 726 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Mount Pleasant

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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