Geographic Information Science, M.S.

Saint Louis University’s master’s program in geographic information science addresses an increasing demand for professionals with geospatial science skills. It offers a combination of geospatial theory and practical training.

About the Program

SLU’s Master of Science in geographic information science prepares you to become an expert in geospatial analysis. As an interdisciplinary program within SLU’s Center for Sustainability, the M.S. in GIS focuses on research to address environmental, social and economic issues.

Three Completion Options

Students in the program choose from three options:

  • A coursework-only option for students who do not plan to pursue a doctoral degree or academic career
  • A coursework/research project option for students who wish to enhance their geospatial research skills in a particular area
  • A coursework/thesis option for students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree or academic career

Each option requires 30 credit hours. Full- and part-time options are available.

Program Highlights

Students in this program have the opportunity to attend frequent workshops and seminars with major remote sensing, GIS and GPS companies.

Curriculum and Program Details

Most courses are offered during the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students typically complete the M.S. in GIS within two years.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • Research Methods
  • Intermediate GIS
  • Geospatial Methods in Environmental Studies
  • Digital Cartography and Geovisualization
  • Greg Brunner, M.Sc.
  • Jack Fishman, Ph.D.
  • Jason Knouft, Ph.D.
  • Sidike Paheding, Ph.D
  • J.S. Onesimo Sandoval, Ph.D.
  • Abuduwasiti Wulamu, Ph.D.
Graduates from SLU’s GIS master’s program have a very good employment outlook. According to the Geospatial Information and Technology Association, employment in this field is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection of the market expanding by 100 percent each year.

Recent graduates from this program have been employed by various environmental, remote sensing and GIS companies, including Monsanto, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

SLU’s Center for Sustainability offers graduate-level assistantships for graduate GIS students.

Graduate assistantships are competitive and based on current faculty research needs and a candidate's academic record and relevant experience rather than financial need. Assistantships include tuition scholarships of nine credit hours per semester during the nine-month academic year, a monthly stipend, health insurance and extended library privileges. Assistants work 20 hours per week for the University and may not have outside employment.

Students also can apply for fellowships, need-based aid and other financial assistance.

Applicant Criteria

Most admitted students meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum GRE scores: verbal: 153, quantitative: 151, writing: 3.5

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application and Assistantship Deadlines

The final deadline for fall admittance is May 1 for international students and July 1 for domestic students. To be considered for assistantships, students should apply by Dec. 31.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received, beginning Aug. 1 and continuing until the July 1 general application deadline.