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.


  • 2014 MGIS Graduate Job Hires and Changes

    Congratulations to our recent graduates and others who have changed jobs in 2014 as they establish and maintain successful careers in the GIS profession!

    Patrick Baldwin (2012) is now a GIS Specialist at Flat Rock Geographics in St. Paul, MN. This GIS consulting company was founded by two MGIS grads, Blaine Hackett (2001) and Paul Wickman (2007).

    Justin Bakken (2011) has been promoted to GIS Specialist at Natural Resource Group, LLC.

    Stephen Dunning (2004) has been promoted to Director of Strategy and Business Development at the Chronic Disease Research Group of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation.

    Josh Dunsmoor (2013) was recently hired as a GIS Specialist with URS Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Kim Gorman (2008) has added Program Manager to her job title of Senior Project Manager/GIS Specialist at Tetra Tech.

    Kris Johnson (2013) and his family are moving to Duluth, Minnesota where Kris has been hired as a GIS Developer at North Point GIS.

    Brad Johnston (2013) has been hired at Carver County as a GIS Specialist.

    Greg Schulz (2010) is now a Market Systems Analyst with Target Corporation.

    Zeb Thomas (2012) has been promoted to GIS Data Systems Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

    Noel Peterson (2011) has been promoted to Associate Analyst at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

    Lucas Winzenburg (2013) has secured a position at the University of Minnesota working as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Polar Geospatial Center and U-Spatial.

    February 12th, 2014

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