The master of science in geographic information systems at Elmhurst requires the successful completion of 10 courses for a total of 7.50 credits (30 semester hours).
The program also fulfills the educational requirements of the GISP (certified GIS professional). Curriculum will develop geospatial skill sets 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 (Geo Tech Center).
AGS 500 may be waived, per the program director's discretion, for the following students:
The master of science in geographic information systems can be completed in two years. Offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center, the program is fully online through eight-week sessions, so classes are flexible enough to accommodate the schedules of professionals with work and family commitments.
Dedicated GIS Server
Students in Elmhurst’s GIS program may access the ESRI ArcGIS Desktop version 10.x software with all extensions simply by logging in to the dedicated GIS server from any computer, including a Mac, with Internet access and Remote Desktop Connection Client. The server does the high-end processing so students do not require a robust computer to experience high performance. Elmhurst is one of only a handful of colleges in the country—and one of a very few liberal-arts-based institutions—with this unique and distinctive access.
At the time of graduation, all students in the master’s program or graduate certificate program in GIS must be a member of at least one professional organization related to geospatial technologies. Acceptable organizations include state- or regional-users groups or a national organization such as URISA. All students in the program must also present their research, at a minimum, to one local, regional or national venue.