Jan 17, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Geographic Information Systems [M.S.]


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 computer mapping analysis and application development area. GIS technologies are widely utilized in the U.S. and abroad, and there is a high demand for these skills.

This is a designated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program.

 

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For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • 2.75 GPA from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution and/or at least 1500 on the aptitude test of the GRE. All applicants are held to the Graduate School’s 2.7 GPA requirement.
  • 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.

Department Information


Geography & Geology | Christine Clark, Ph.D., Department Head | 140D Strong Hall, 734.487.0218, cclark7@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Yichun Xie, Ph.D., 140G Strong Hall, 734.487.7588, yxie@emich.edu

William Welsh, Ph.D., 140N Strong Hall, 734.487.7586, wwelsh@emich.edu

Hugh Semple, Ph.D., 140O Strong Hall, 734.487.8169, hsemple@emich.edu

Xining Yang, Ph.D., 140C Strong Hall, 734.487.8486, xyang5@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 36 hours


The M.S. in Geographic Information Systems requires 36 credit hours of course work distributed among required courses, elective courses and thesis or internship courses as follows:

Required Courses: 30-32 hours