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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Geography & the Environment

Degree Programs

Geography & the Environment

Online Degree Option

This option is designed for people wishing to complete the degree via an online format. For a downloadable MS Online Degree Progress Report click HERE.

Basic requirements

  • Completion of a minimum 48 credit hours that includes all required coursework
  • Completion of a project


Introduction to GIS-students entering the online MSGISc degree program should have already completed an introductory GIS course at another academic institution, in the Department of Geography, or in the University College GIS certificate program. The introductory courses GIS 3100 or GIS 4101 in the GIS certificate program fulfill this requirement. Work experience may be used to waive this prerequisite.

MSGISc students are expected to be well versed in introductory statistics and cartography. Students are advised to take a statistics and cartography course prior to enrolling in graduate level classes.

Course work structure

  • Required courses (20 credits)
  • Geography/GIS Electives (20 credits)
  • Capstone Courses (8 credits) 

Required course work (20 credits)

  • GEOG 3000 Advanced Geographic Statistics
  • GEOG 3010 Geographic Information Analysis
  • GEOG 3140 GIS Database Design
  • GEOG 3150 GIS Project Management
  • GEOG 3200 Remote Sensing or GIS 4700 Introduction to Remote Sensing  (Remote Sensing is an elective in the GIS certificate program)

Geography MSGISc electives: (a minimum of 20 credits)

  • Students can take 20 credit hours (5 courses) from a broad range of online Geography (GEOG) and GIS Certificate Program courses to fulfill their elective requirement. Most students will earn their elective credit hours while earning the GIS Certificate.  Please note that only 24 credit hours may transfer from the GIS Certificate Program to the online master's degree program.
  • Current online elective geography graduate classes: - GEOG 3040 GPS for Resource Mapping  (hybrid field/online course) - GEOG 3410  Urban Applications in GIS - GEOG 3860  GIS Applications for Natural Resources
  • Additional elective credits transfer from GIS Certificate Program

Capstone Courses (8 credits)

  • GEOG 4020 Research methods - 4 credits
  • GEOG 4993 Capstone Project  - 4 credits

Transferring Courses from University College GIS Certificate Program

The Geography Department will transfer a total of 24-credit hours from the University College GIS Certificate Program towards the MS Online degree.  After those credits, the student must take courses within the Geography Department (courses are coded as GEOG).  Your MS degree progress report (above) will be sent to you quarterly for advising purposes.