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Geographic Information Science

University of Minnesota

24 months
2483 USD/credit 43452 USD/year
2483 USD/credit 43452 USD/year
1602 USD/credit 28035 USD/year
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Geographic information science is a rapidly expanding professional field, with increasing numbers of employers searching for skilled graduates with master's degree-level credentials. Learn more with the Geographic Information Science program of the University of Minnesota.


The right path for you?

Master's of Geographic Infomation Science (MGIS) graduates enjoy a growing range of career options, as organizations recruit them for careers in urban planning, environmental protection, meteorology, consumer marketing, academia, public health, community development, and so much more.

When you decide to invest your time and energy to pursue a master of geographic information science (MGIS) degree, you choose the path that gives you the best faculty, best resources, best professional contacts, and best possible chances for personal growth and professional success.

The Geographic Information Science program of the University of Minnesota has an international reputation for excellence. Our program is affiliated with the University’s well-known Department of Geography, Environment & Society and has close interdisciplinary ties to the University’s programs for forest resources, computer science, and soil, water & climate. We also maintain close relationships with campus-wide centers such as U-Spatial, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and the Minnesota Population Center. The University's MGIS program started in 1997 as interest in geographic information science (GIS) began to boom. As one of the nation’s first professional graduate programs in GIS, our MGIS program has set the standard for other graduate GIS programs across the nation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources
  • ArcGIS
  • GIS Project Management and Professional Development
  • From GPS, Google Maps, and Uber to Spatial Data Science
  • GIS in Environmental Science and Management
  • Advanced Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


35 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college
  • A preferred cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (or the equivalent)
  • Completion of college-level introductory courses in statistics and computer programming
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English Language Proficiency Exam Score

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43452 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2483 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    43452 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2483 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    28035 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1602 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Minneapolis

1130 - 2045 USD /month
Living costs

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


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