Geography-Geographic Information Science (M.S.)

The Geographic Information Science program will prepare you for a career focusing on the physical, biological and human environment while receiving high-quality instruction in geospatial technologies, image processing and cartography. You will experience state-of-the-art technologies as you prepare for an emphasis in physical/environmental geography or urban/regional issues. Your studies will emphasize field work, including potential research overseas in Russia.

Program Highlights

  • Two graduate assistantship positions sponsored each year.
  • Small class sizes with professors dedicated to one-on-one mentoring. 
  • Classroom leadership opportunities. 
  • State-of-the-art GIS lab.

Program Distinctions

  • Close to 100 percent professional employment for graduates, others have been accepted into Ph.D. programs. 
  • Students have won awards at the Association of American Geographers national meetings. 
  • Graduates work in many federal, state and local agencies and in the private sector including: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, City of Minneapolis, Target, Starbucks, Xcel Energy, ESRI, National Resource Group LLC, GeoComm, North Point Geographic Solutions and more.
  • Faculty research interests encompass historical, cultural, economic, physical and environmental geography as well as the geographic techniques LIDAR, precision surveying, geovisualization, multivariate statistics, phytolith analysis and more. 

Graduate Director

Dr. Mikhail Blinnikov

Popular Careers

  • GIS consultant
  • Researcher
  • System analyst
  • GIS/Internet mapping
  • GIS specialist

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Aug. 1 June 15 Aug. 1
Spring Dec. 1 Oct. 15 Dec. 1
Summer N/A N/A N/A

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