University of Minnesota
Master of Geographic Information Science

Master of Geographic Information Science

Master of Geographic Information Science

Michael Plante

“Given the flexibility of the program, I strongly recommend it to working professionals, as well as those seeking a traditional full-time master’s program.”

Michael Plante
MGIS 2003, Senior Hydrogeologist, Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc.

The Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS) program is a unique professional masters degree associated with the Geography Department at the University of Minnesota, a top-ranked department in the United States with a strong tradition in cartography and GIS. The MGIS program is also affiliated with other academic units including Forest Resources, Computer Science, the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), and Soil, Water and Climate.

The MGIS program provides a comprehensive GIS degree that balances theoretical, technical, applied and societal dimensions of GIS.  Our program prides itself on providing a top-quality program accessible to a wide range of student interests and profiles. We offer:

  • A broad, professionally-based curriculum
  • Internationally-recognized faculty
  • Hands-on training from leading GIS professionals
  • A diverse and active student body
  • State-of-the-art facilities and resources
  • An exciting metropolitan location with access to employers and internships
  • Flexible scheduling options, including courses offered in late-afternoons and evenings to accommodate students who work full-time.

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.


  • 2015 MGIS Graduate Job Hires and Changes

    Congratulations to our MGIS graduates who have secured jobs or changed jobs in 2015 as they continue to achieve success in the GIS profession!

    David Bryson (2008) now works for Cloud Sherpas as a Geospatial Solutions Consultant in Denver, Colorado.

    Kyle Chester (2010) is moving to Charlotte, North Carolina in late April to begin a new position with ESRI as a Solution Engineer.

    Jason Dally (2015) is a GIS Technician at CenterPoint Energy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Stephan Dunning (2004) is now a Senior Program Director with Optum Labs in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Teresa Lewandowski (2014) has been hired as a Web Application Developer for SetSight in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Molly (Wynia) McDonald (2014) currently works for the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association as a GIS and Planning Assistant in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Sandra Paddock (2000) has transitioned to a position as an Information Technology Consultant with Pearson VUE in Minneapolis, MN.

    April 7th, 2015

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