Geographic Information Science

Michigan Technological University

12 months
19133 USD/year
19133 USD/year
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From GIS modeling of riparian zones with Ann Maclean to using drones to collect imagery with Curtis Edson, our faculty are experts in geographic information systems, cartography, global positioning systems, remote sensing, digital image processing, and spatial modeling.

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The Master of Geographic Information Science program is housed within Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, home to first-rate laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment.

Fast Facts

  • Geospatial jobs are in high demand and were recently listed among the 100 best careers in the United States.
  • Geospatial training has been targeted by the US Department of Labor for a high growth job training initiative as it is a field that is expanding at a rate of 10% annually with a projected shortfall of skilled workers.
  • The Master of Geographic Information Science degree is a 30 credit coursework-only program.

Programme Structure

We’ll provide you with a foundation in geospatial principles and analysis. From there, you can conduct interdisciplinary studies in statistics, communications, environmental policy, and business. You’ll use geographic information systems (GIS) technology – a combination of hardware, software, and geographically referenced data – to look at information in new ways and better understand what the data reveals. GIS technology has long been used by natural resource managers in land use planning, natural hazard assessment, wildlife habitat mapping, and timber management. It can also be used in emergency response planning, crime analysis, land records management, siting of retail stores, precision farming, and infrastructure upgrading.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Apply at least a semester in advance of projected admission to improve your chances of receiving funding.


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 credits 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.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate School as a degree- or certificate-seeking student, you need to:

  • have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, and
  • be prepared for advanced study in your chosen field, as demonstrated by your previous degree and your scholastic record.
  • Required Materials
  • Student Statements
  • Official Transcripts
  • Admissions Tests
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Program Required Documents:
  • Review all of the documents required by your program(s) of interest prior to beginning the application process. Additional documents/requirements you may need include:
  • A résumé / curriculum vitae
  • A writing sample
  • Prerequisite courses
  • A previous degree in a specified field

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19133 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19133 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    19133 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19133 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


The majority of financial assistance for graduate students at Michigan Tech comes from assistantships. An assistantship includes a stipend, and a proportional amount of tuition and academic fees for full-time enrollment. Assistantship duties are designed to enhance your graduate education experience and provide professional development opportunities.

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