The M.S. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) prepares students to work as GIS analysts, applied researchers and consultants providing expertise in this ever-evolving area of computer mapping analysis and application development. GIS technologies are widely utilized in the U.S. and abroad and there is a high demand for these skills.
Class status: undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university; senior standing for conditional admission.
2.75 GPA from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution and/or at least 1500 on the aptitude test of the GRE.
A minimum of two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a professor in the student’s major/minor field of study and one from an employer. If the student does not have related work experience, two letters from faculty members in the student’s major or minor field of study will be required.
International students must receive a minimum score on the TOEFL language examination. See Admissions web site at www.emich.edu/admissions for minimum scores.
Equivalency: If a student is employed in a GIS position, a portfolio of work completed during employment may substitute for the internship requirement and credits. The acceptability of the portfolio will be determined by the program advisor. If an internship is not feasible, a student may request a six credit thesis to replace the Internship and Professional Publication/Report requirements.