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

phone: (217) 333-1880
Office address:
2044 Natural History Building
1301 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801

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Illinois Professional Science Master's

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.

Financial Aid

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

For additional details and requirements for all degrees, please refer to the program's Graduate Degree Requirements and the Graduate College Handbook. 

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
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
Spatial Epidemiology
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

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