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M.S. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Map Out Your Career

Apply the tools that help us understand people, places and processes of Earth.

Judy Bock, program director, talks about what you can do with a master’s degree in GIS.

Geospatial technologies affect almost every aspect of life, from navigating an unfamiliar neighborhood to tracking patterns of diseases in populations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, geospatial technologies is one of the three high-growth industries of the 21st century. That translates into big opportunity—and with an Elmhurst M.S. in GIS, you’ll be well-prepared to meet it.

Worried about the technology requirements? No need to. As a student at Elmhurst University, you have free access to a virtual machine environment from any computer with an internet connection. This gives you high-end processing power from a regular computer.

Tested, Proven and Ready

Elmhurst students hit the ground running. By the time you graduate, you’ll have completed an internship in the geospatial industry. Your Elmhurst credential tells employers you’ll be able to contribute, starting day one.

Where Our Grads Go

You’ll thrive in a career in urban planning, law enforcement, national defense, health care, environmental protection and more. There are more than 70 careers related to geospatial technologies. Put your career on the map!

The Right People on Your Side

Elmhurst faculty aren’t just experts in their fields—they’re dedicated to expanding your reach, authentic GIS tools, connections to GIS professionals, and hands-on activities to lead to better skills and understanding.

Program Format

  • Online
  • Part-time
  • Weekly modules with live webinars and discussion boards
  • Completed in two years

Optimize Your Options with a Graduate Certificate

If now isn’t the right time for a master’s degree, get credentialed with a graduate certificate in geographic information systems. Offered entirely online and comprised of six GIS courses, this program features an e-portfolio and research symposium experience.

We put our students front and center. Our dedicated GIS server is a technical advantage that’s matched by the dedication of our faculty.

Judith Bock, program director

Judith Bock

Instructor, Geography and GIS; Program Director, M.S. in Geography and Environmental Studies; Certificate in GIS
Department of Geography and GIS

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