Geography Department Theses and Dissertations

Geography Department Theses and Dissertations


About the MS GIS Program

Rapid growth has occurred in the field of geographic information during the last two decades. Stimulated by advances in the collection, storage and analysis of data, a new discipline has emerged - Geographic Information Science. Geographic Information Science involves research both “on” and “with” spatial technologies including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and the global positioning system (GPS). At the core of Geographic Information Science is the integration of these technologies and their application to problems of spatial analysis. The foundational theory and principles of Geographic Information Science are based in the discipline of Geography. However, virtually all fields (from engineering, to medicine, science, business, social sciences and humanities) are now embracing Geographic Information Science in both theoretical and applied research.

Program Objectives

The Masters of Science in Geographic Information Science (MS GIS) integrates a suite of core courses with internship and independent research experiences to provide advanced training in the field of Geographic Information Science and its applications. Students completing the MS GIS will:

  • develop, manage and analyze spatial data using field and laboratory techniques
  • engage the rapidly expanding body of literature devoted to spatial data analysis and the application of geographic technologies
  • apply geographic technologies creatively in real-world settings to answer questions about spatial patterns and processes

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