MGIS Program

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MGIS Program

As one of the nation’s first professional graduate programs in GIS, our MGIS program has set the standard for other graduate GIS programs across the nation.

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The Right Path for You?

Geographic information science is a rapidly expanding professional field, with increasing numbers of employers searching for skilled graduates with master's degree-level credentials. Master's of Geographic Information Science (MGIS) graduates enjoy a growing range of career options, as organizations recruit them for careers in urban planning, environmental protection, meteorology, consumer marketing, academia, public health, community development, and so much more.

When you invest your time and energy to pursue an MGIS degree, you choose a path that gives you the best faculty, resources, professional contacts, and possible changes for personal growth and professional success. 

Earning your MGIS degree from the University of Minnesota will benefit your career and give you the opportunity to make a real difference in your chosen field. Whether you use your GIS knowledge to empower communities, plan urban transportation systems, chart evacuation paths, help the environment, increase market share, or pioneer new software applications, as a University of Minnesota MGIS graduate, you will always be in the company of your field's brightest minds and top achievers.

Program Overview

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Program details, including requirements, cost, program length, and courses

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How to Apply

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Earn Non-degree Graduate Credits

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Job Placement

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