24 months
648 USD/credit
648 USD/credit
337 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The curriculum of the Geography - Geographic Information Sciences course at South Dakota State University, organized through formal courses, seminars, internship experiences, and supervised research, is designed to prepare students for positions in such professional areas as planning, remote sensing, geographic information sciences, government service, research, business, and teaching. 

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The program also is designed to provide students with the education needed to pursue further graduate study. 

Students seeking this degree are expected to select courses that will provide a sound foundation in geography (philosophical, physical and human, and research techniques) supported, if appropriate, by courses outside the department. 

Students may also seek out opportunities such as the cooperative program with the EROS Data Center and/or internships, generally available with planning districts, governmental agencies, business, and industry.

This Geography - Geographic Information Sciences course at South Dakota State University  will be a good fit if you:

  • Have experience using geospatial information technologies
  • Want to pursue a management-level policy, planning or research-oriented position in geographic information science
  • Want to lead research in the field
  • Are interested in geography and related disciplines like natural resource management, geology, engineering, planning and business marketing

Career Opportunities

  • Geographic information consultant
  • Government agency administrator
  • Urban planner
  • Remote sensing specialist
  • GIS specialist
  • Land and water management
  • Professor/teacher

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Evolution of Geographic Thought
  • Research and Writing
  • Data Creation/Integration 
  • GIS: Vector & Raster Modeling 
  • GIS Applications
  • GIS Applications Lab 
  • Web GIS 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits




Academic requirements

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GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive unconditional admission. 
  • A professional academic transcript evaluation for degrees earned outside the United States(This requirement cannot be waived unless your highest degree was earned or will be earned in the U.S. prior to enrollment at SDSU).
    • If you are completing your bachelor's degree at the time of application, you may submit an incomplete evaluation. If you are accepted, a complete transcript and/or evaluation with completed degree will be required by the end of your first semester of coursework.
  • Official U.S. transcripts where a degree is earned (or will be earned), and official U.S. transcripts where graduate level coursework has been taken.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    648 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 648 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    648 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 648 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    337 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 337 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Brookings

1085 - 1888 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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