12 months
1007 USD/credit 36252 USD/year
1007 USD/credit 36252 USD/year
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Gain the expertise to design and leverage geographic information systems and spatial analysis tools to tackle real-world problems that impact people and our planet. This online Geographic Information Systems (GIS) master's degree program at Pennsylvania State University allows for flexibility and customization. Option available for accelerated admissions.


Pennsylvania State University's online Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) is an award-winning 36-credit program that allows experienced professionals to customize their GIS education to reflect their career interests.

We continually update our curriculum to reflect the latest developments in the industry, including conservation GIS, LIDAR technology, remote sensing, location intelligence for business, open web mapping, and more.


By advancing your education online while you work, you’ll be well on your way to designing, specifying, and managing complex geographic information infrastructures as a leader in such fields as:

  • environmental resource management
  • urban and regional planning
  • local government
  • surveying and cartography
  • facilities management
  • transportation planning

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Making Maps That Matter With GIS
  • Problem Solving with GIS
  • GIS Database Development
  • Geospatial System Analysis and Design
  • Remote Sensing Image Analysis and Applications
  • Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence
  • Geographical Information Analysis
  • Geospatial Technology Project Management

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. 
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GPA and Test Scores - Applicants with at least three years of professional experience may request that the GRE requirement be waived. If you satisfy that criterion and want to waive the GRE, please write a sentence to that effect in the notes section of the graduate school application.
  • English Proficiency
  • References (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    36252 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.


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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