Geographic Information Science

Kent State University

12 months
21952 USD/year
21952 USD/year
11766 USD/year
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The Master of Geographic Information Science degree from the Kent State University prepares graduates for analytical and managerial positions that utilize geospatial technologies in three professional areas: cyber-infrastructure, environment and health


The program consists of three concentrations:

  • The CyberGIS concentration focuses on the challenges of managing, filtering, analyzing and visualizing large volumes of spatiotemporal data from mobile devices, web-based services and supercomputers. This knowledge prepares graduates to work in government and industry and provide the expertise to enable scientists, businesses and policymakers to gain new insights from large spatial datasets.
  • The Environmental Geographic Information Science concentration focuses on the use of geographic information science to understand environmental changes and hazards. Practitioners in the fields of emergency management, public safety and homeland security rely on geospatial technologies and mapping for planning, response, mitigation and recovery activities. 
  • The Geographic Information Science and Health concentration focuses on the use of geographic information science and allied geospatial technologies that have become widespread in the study of health and in management of healthcare resources. Geographic information science skills are needed through all levels of health-related agencies in government, and are becoming standard across private industry and non-profits in this area.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this Geographic Information Science program from the Kent State University will be able to:

  • Collect, edit, integrate, manage and analyze geospatial data.
  • Demonstrate skills and working knowledge of commercial and open source GIS application suites and utilities.
  • Identify, explain and analyze spatial patterns, relationships and processes.
  • Apply cartographic principles and techniques to create quality maps.
  • Apply critical and spatial thinking to solve geospatial problems with respect to theories, principles and practices of geographic information science and fields in the degree concentration areas.
  • Demonstrate good communication skills and ability to work in a team environment.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals Of Geographic Information Science
  • Cartographic Design
  • Practicum In Geographic Information Science
  • Algorithms And Programming 
  • Data Science
  • Medical Geography
  • Geographic Information Science And Health
  • Geographic Information Science:applications For Social
  • Problems
  • Spatial Programming

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Deadline- At least one month before the start of the semester of first coursework.




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in geography or a related field1 for unconditional admission
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21952 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21952 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21952 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21952 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    11766 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11766 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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