Geographic Information Science, MS – PSM
|Department Head: Shaowen Wang|
|2044 Natural History Building|
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
PH: (217) 333-1880
Faculty Coordinator: Shakil Kashem, Ph.D.
Admissions: Matt Cohn
Degree Offered: M.S.
Graduate Concentration: Professional Science Master's; Geographic Information Science (M.S. only)
Graduate Degree Program
This program is designed for careers in business management using geospatial technologies. Students build a flexible, cross-disciplinary expertise around a strong Geographic Information Science core, while acquiring business knowledge and professional skills. The business curriculum includes technology management, marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, project and/or process management. PSM students typically complete the program in 18 months, consisting of 3 full-time, on-campus semesters and a summer internship.
Candidates for admission must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or comparable degree from a recognized institution abroad with a GPA or 3.0 (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, IELTS, TSE) for non-native speakers of English, and letters of recommendation are required. Transfer credit from Illinois or other institutions is not permitted.
Geography, MS – Professional Science Master's Concentration in Geographic Information Science
|Business courses prescribed by the Illinois PSM program||10|
|PSM 501||PSM Industry Seminar I||0|
|PSM 502||PSM Industry Seminar II||0|
|PSM 503||PSM Industry Seminar III||0|
|PSM 555||PSM Internship||0|
|32 hours of coursework from departmental approved list in consultation with the faculty coordinator. 1||32|
|Other requirements may overlap.|
|The PSM concentration is required.|
|Minimum hours required within the unit:||16|
|Minimum 500-level credit hours (8 in GEOG):||12|
|Evaulation conducted by the GIS-PSM Director and/or members of the GIS-PSM committee|
|Full-time enrollment (12 credit hours or higher) is required in fall and spring semesters; summer enrollment is required for the internship.|
1Students with no previous experience in GIS are required to take a graduate-level GIS course.
2PSM Seminars and Internship may be taken for 1 credit-hour, but may not be applied to the business or science credit hours required for the degree.
Illinois PSM students may not hold assistantships or other tuition and fee waiver-generating appointments, but may be eligible for student loans. Statutory waivers and tuition scholarships are accepted.