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.


  • Reinke and Krenzelok Named 2015 UMN Minnesota GIS/LIS Student Scholar Award Winners

    Congratulations to Jennifer Reinke (MGIS) and Joseph Krenzelok (B.S., Geography) who have been named as the 2015 UMN Minnesota GIS/LIS Student Scholar Award recipients.  Joseph, who is advised by Steve Manson, is the undergraduate award winner for his project, "Detecting Terminus Advance and Velocity of Hubbard Glacier, Alaska, Using Image Correlation Techniques."  Jennifer, who is advised by Len Kne, is the graduate award winner for her project, "Il etait une fois: Mapping Balzac's Paris."  Joseph and Jennifer will represent the University of Minnesota in the undergraduate and graduate student paper competition sessions at the 2015 Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual Conference held in Duluth this fall.  Good luck to both of them! June 26th, 2015

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