MGIS Program

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 Infomation 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 decide to invest your time and energy to pursue a master of geographic information science (MGIS) degree, you choose the path that gives you the best faculty, best resources, best professional contacts, and best possible chances for personal growth and professional success.

The University of Minnesota’s MGIS program has an international reputation for excellence. Our program is affiliated with the University’s well-known Department of Geography, Environment & Society and has close interdisciplinary ties to the University’s programs for forest resources, computer science, and soil, water & climate. We also maintain close relationships with campus-wide centers such as U-Spatial, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and the Minnesota Population Center. The University's MGIS program started in 1997 as interest in geographic information science (GIS) began to boom. 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.