University of Minnesota
Master of Geographic Information Science

Master of Geographic Information Science


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There are many people that make the MGIS program a success.

Our administrators and staff along with the executive committee contribute to the smooth running of the program while our distinguished advisory board provides us with key feedback on how well our program is meeting market demands in the GIS profession.

The University of Minnesota’s MGIS program features distinguished faculty from a variety of disciplines including geography, forest resources, computer science, urban affairs, and soil, water and climate. Faculty research interests and applied GIS expertise include:

  • Spatial analysis and statistics
  • Spatial modeling, including environmental risk assessment modeling
  • Spatial databases and data mining
  • Evacuation and transportation planning
  • Internet GIS, including open source MapServer development
  • Digital and multimedia cartography
  • Cartographic visualization and map design
  • Urban and regional planning and analysis
  • Digital remote sensing for mapping and monitoring the environment
  • Water resources management, ecology and biogeography
  • Pedology and land assessment, digital terrain analysis, and soil landscape modeling
  • Public land policy and real estate issues
  • GIS and society

Our teaching specialists are leading GIS professionals. They teach many of our technology courses in critical subjects such as Internet GIS, GIS programming, spatial databases, global positioning systems and surveying, and advanced spatial analysis using industry standard software such as ArcInfo.  They represent some of the leading GIS professionals in Minnesota, and have won awards acknowledging their contributions to the field.

Our students are bright, success-oriented achievers who bring a broad mixture of skills, experiences and interests. Some begin with little or no background in GIS. Others are already working in the field. MGIS students have undergraduate degrees from a variety of disciplinary areas including the humanities, social sciences and natural/physical sciences. They have also organized the GIS Student Organization (GISSO) that sponsors a GIS Day event in the fall and a job and career fair in the spring.

Graduates of the MGIS program have diverse careers in many areas of specialization and sectors (private, public and non-profit); many of them also contribute back to the program through service and career mentoring.