Geography: Geographic Information Science - Professional Science Master's, MS
For the degree of Master of Science (MS) in Geography, with Professional Science Master's in Geographic Information Science Concentration
Department Head: Dr. Shaowen Wang
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Minn
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. Graduates are awarded a master's degree in geography with the Professional Science Master's in GIS concentration.
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. Application requirements include: three letters of recommendation, proof of funding, and TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-native English speakers. Transfer credit from Illinois or other institutions is not permitted. Please visit the "Graduate College Admissions" link above for complete application details. GRE scores are not required or evaluated for admission to this program.
Illinois PSM students may not hold assistantships or other tuition/fee waiver-generating appointments, but may be eligible for student loans and graduate hourly appointments. Statutory waivers and tuition scholarships are accepted.
for the degree of Master of Science in Geography, Geographic Information Science – Professional Science Master's
|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|
|Choose from following list in consultation with the faculty coordinator. 1|
|Geospatial Tech & Society|
|Earth Systems Modeling|
|Business Applications of GIS|
|Health Applications of GIS|
|Aerial Photo Analysis|
|Digital Cartography & Map Design|
|Applied GIS to Environ Studies|
|Introduction to Remote Sensing|
|Techniques of Remote Sensing|
|Advanced Topics in GIS|
|Principles of GIS|
|Programming for GIS|
|Advanced Spatial Analysis|
|Advanced Studies in Geography|
Other GIS-related coures may be substituted with permission of the GIS-PSM Director.
|Total Hours for GIS concentration:||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.|
Students with no previous experience in GIS are required to take a graduate-level GIS course.