Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Provides in-depth knowledge of the geospatial field and introduces spatial thinking and geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool used in a variety of applications in the industry. Includes real-world projects designed to be applied to actual geospatial issues. Elmhurst is one of only a handful of colleges - and one of the very few liberal-arts-based institutions in the country - with a dedicated GIS server, which provides hands-on experience for students.

Delivery Method

Fully online. Weekly synchronous sessions are available but not required. Students interact in real time each week or choose to watch recordings afterwards.

Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree in geography, GIS, or a related field from an accredited college or university is preferred of all students to be admitted into the MS-GIS Program.

Transfer Policy

Up to 2 graduate courses from an accredited college/university will be considered at the discretion of the program director.

Special Characteristics

Students in Elmhurst's GIS program may access ESRI ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro software with all extensions simply by logging in to the College server from any computer, including a Mac, with Internet access and the remote desktop connection, Citrix Receiver. The server does the high-end processing so students do not require a robust computer to experience high performance.

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