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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Geography & the Environment

Degree Programs

Geography & the Environment

About the online program

Master of Science in Geographic Information Science degree program

The Department of Geography at the University of Denver has offered a Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science since 1998. We are now offering this same degree in an online, distance delivery format. The online degree is the same as the on campus version, but this degree is designed to meet the needs of students unable to move to Denver or otherwise participate in a traditional on campus program.

Current and future students; for more information please refer to the Geography Graduate Handbook by year of your program acceptance.

Geographic Information System (GIS) certificate program

From the management of natural resources to public utility management, public works engineering, environmental impact assessment, and even market research, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have the capability to store, retrieve and analyze spatial information. The valuable information is obtained by combining layers of data about a place to give you a better understanding of that locale. What layers of data you combine and the information they provide depends on your purpose-finding the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, viewing similar crimes in a city to detect a pattern, and so on.

University College offers a certificate of advanced study in GIS both online and on-site at the University of Denver campus. Since the advent of GIS over 40 years ago, Colorado has become the nation's capital of GIS activity and development. This program is highly regarded due to its curriculum and faculty, state-of-the-art labs, and the fact that the skills and strategies you learn in class are immediately applicable.

Your certificate of advanced study can apply toward a master's degree in geographic information science through the Department of Geography at the University of Denver.

To get started in the GIS certificate program, contact a GIS Academic Advisor at University College.

Apply to the program

To apply to the program go to the Graduate Studies Office of Admissions and apply online for admission to the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Be sure to specify that you are applying for the ONLINE Master of Science in Geographic Information Science program.

Applications are accepted on a year-round basis, however students are admitted and will start their program in either the fall or spring quarters

Admission Application Deadlines: July 18 (Fall quarter admission deadline), January 30 (spring quarter admission deadline)

Cost of the program

Online MSGISc students will be eligible for a discounted tuition rate at 49.9% of the "on campus" tuition rate.

The Division of National Sciences & Mathematics offers a unique discount scholarship to MSGISc online students only: 

  • Online MSGISc students who have completed the GIS certificate program at University College will be awarded the 49.9% discount scholarship up to 24 credit hours in the Department of Geography & the Environment (GEOG) to complete their MS degree. 
  • Online MSGISc students without the GIS certificate degree from University College will be awarded the 49.9% discount scholarship up to 48 credit hours in the Department of Geography & the Environment (GEOG) to complete their MS degree. 

If you have any questions about this discount scholarship, please contact Karen Escobar at or 303-871-4385

Click here for additional scholarship information.

Admission Requirements

  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended, or presently attending 

In addition, you must meet two of the following three admissions criteria to be considered for acceptance into the online MSGISc program:

1.  Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.

2.1  "New" GRE scoring system: 300 minimum combined on quantitative and verbal sections.

2.2  "Old' GRE scoring system: a minimum score of 1000 on quantitative and verbal sections.

3.  A 3.5 grade point average in the University College GIS Certificate Program.

 Questions?  Contact Director Steven Hick at today!