Online Master of Geographic Information Science (GISc)

Kent State Online

Program Description

Online Master of Geographic Information Science (GISc)

Kent State Online

The online Master of Geographic Information Science (GISc) from Kent State University offers you the skills and knowledge to delve into exciting and evolving areas within GISc. With the increasing demand for GISc expertise, graduates of the GISc program can drive innovation and apply modern technologies to their careers in nonprofit, government, or business sectors.

The need for geographic information science expertise and spatial technology is highlighted every day, worldwide. GIS experts can make significant impacts in major global challenges such as health, water resources, or climate change. You can also influence people’s daily lives with cartography, transportation, and education.

This program prepares you with skills that extend beyond simply understanding a software’s capability or features. You’ll have the opportunity to design, manage, and use geographic information technologies to develop and improve the tools and systems we rely on every day.

Why choose Kent State’s online Master of Geographic Information Science?

  • Learn from dedicated, full-time faculty genuinely invested in seeing their students succeed
  • Experience a flexible online program structure created to fit the lives of full-time working professionals
  • Graduate in less than two years
  • Submit your application with no GRE requirement for admission into the program

Program Details

Kent State’s online Master of Geographic Information Science is designed for busy working professionals and students seeking graduate education, with the following features:

  • The program is 32 credits in length, consisting of three core courses, one practicum, and five Environmental GIS concentration courses
  • Each course is seven weeks in length, with two courses taken sequentially each semester. This allows you to focus on one course at a time while still completing your program in two years
  • To keep class sizes small and maximize collaboration, multiple sections of each course are offered

To participate in this online program, you will need a computer and broadband Internet connection. Your program may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio.

Once you are admitted to the program, your Admissions Advisor will craft your personalized degree plan, giving you a clear course sequence and path to graduation.

What You’ll Learn

The Master of Geographic Information Science is offered online and will prepare graduates for analytical and managerial positions that utilize geospatial technologies.

The program has the following course requirements:

  • Three core courses (11 credits)
  • Five additional courses from the Environmental GIS Concentration (15 credits)
  • One required practicum (6 credits)

Courses are delivered through our course management system, Blackboard Learn. Course content consists of text, narrated PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups, and other learning enhancements.

Environmental GIS Concentration

Students will focus on Environmental Geographic Information Science to understand environmental resources, changes, and hazards. Practitioners in the fields of emergency management, public safety, and homeland security rely on geospatial technologies and mapping for planning, response, mitigation, and recovery activities. GISc is a key contributor to obtaining situation awareness in cases of natural and human technological events. Jobs are available for GISc-skilled professionals at all levels of government and in private sector consulting.


Kent State University’s GISc faculty in the Department of Geography have diverse backgrounds and professional experience that include public health mapping, geospatial analysis, CyberGIS, crime analysis, remote sensing, and geomorphology.

All faculty members are full-time faculty who are highly-trained, and all of whom have a doctoral degree and/or professional experience, ensuring the highest quality educational experience.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree in geography or a related field from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline who have an evidence of professional experience using geospatial technologies will also be considered.

International students are eligible for admission into this program.

The application process is simple, and we’re here to guide you through it. The key steps are:

  • Reach out to us to start the conversation today. Request more information on our website or call 844-234-4073
  • Participate in an interview with your Admissions Advisor to discuss Kent State’s fit with your academic and professional goals
  • Complete the online application form. We recommend that you review our admissions checklist for more information
  • Submit your official undergraduate transcript(s), goal statement, and two letters of recommendation

Note: You do not need to complete the GRE as a part of the admission process.

Our Admissions Advisors are available to answer your questions regarding admission requirements for the program.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
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