M.S. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


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Map Out Your Future With a Master’s in GIS!

The U.S. Department of Labor has identified geospatial technologies as one of the three high-growth industries in the 21st century. As a result, the demand for individuals with specialized spatial skill sets continues to grow.

The M.S. in geographic information systems from Elmhurst College will give you in-depth knowledge of the geospatial field and introduce you to spatial thinking and geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool used in a variety of applications in the industry. You will have hands-on experience with real-world projects designed to be applied to actual geospatial issues. Furthermore, your spatial skill sets and technical skills will be developed in correlation with the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center).

The master of science in GIS at Elmhurst offers a customized geospatial experience. Designed for working professionals, the GIS program is offered entirely online through the Elmhurst College Online Center. In cohort-based classes, you will work with experienced educators and professionals to complete the program in two years. Elmhurst is one of only a handful of colleges—and one of the very few liberal-arts-based institutions in the country—with a dedicated GIS server, which provides hands-on experience for students.

Elmhurst also offers a graduate certificate in GIS for students who currently do not wish to complete a full master’s program.  

The master's program in geographic information systems adheres to the best practices for online education as presented by the Sloan Consortium. The curriculum is based upon the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model comprised of spatial skill sets.

If you have any further questions about Elmhurst's GIS program, please contact us.

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