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

Major: Geography
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 program10
PSM 501PSM Industry Seminar I0
PSM 502PSM Industry Seminar II0
PSM 503PSM Industry Seminar III0
PSM 555PSM Internship0
32 hours of coursework from departmental approved list in consultation with the faculty coordinator. 132
Total Hours42

Other Requirements

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.
Minimum GPA: 3.0

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Please refer to the Graduate College Handbook and Geography PSM Handbook [PDF] for additional details and requirements.