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Graduate Degree Programs

M.G.I.S.--Additional Specific Requirements

The Master of Geographic Information Systems (M.G.I.S.) degree program is for adult professionals who aspire to leadership in the GIS profession but who are able to study only part-time and at a distance.

MGIS is a 35-credit program. Six to 9 credits are earned through an independent project that culminates in a formal public presentation attended by the student's academic adviser. The independent project demonstrates students' ability to apply advanced knowledge and skills in a way that makes a substantial contribution to their professional work.

Designed in consultation with an advisory board of experienced professionals in industry, government, and private practice, the MGIS curriculum nurtures not only technical competence but also the articulacy, analytical skills, and professionalism required for leadership in any organization.

Throughout the program students create and maintain personal e-portfolios that chronicle their achievements, outline long-term professional development strategies, and foster meaningful interactions among fellow students and faculty members.