USA | Master of Science (M.S.) in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST)

/USA | Master of Science (M.S.) in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST)

About the programme:

In the USC online M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) Programme, students tailor their coursework and thesis project to position themselves for long-term professional growth in increasingly diverse occupations and disciplines. Students may choose from four tracks: Spatial Data Acquisition and Integration; Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization; Spatial Application Development; and Spatial Thinking.USC GIST master’s students design and produce a thesis, which is an original, independent, professional work on a compelling topic of their choice. Students work closely with a faculty advisor who serves as the thesis committee chair and two committee members from among the GIST faculty to produce an abstract and the thesis.

Programme director:

John P. Wilson, Ph.D., Director and Professor

Programme coordinator:

Ken Watson, Academic Programs Director


This programme offers the spatial thinking, analysis, modeling and visualization skills to help you leverage location analytics in almost any field or industry. Our GIST graduates are innovators who are contributing to the rapid integration of spatial science into their jobs and shaping spatial science applications as we know them.

Programme format:

The convenient online format allows you to earn your graduate certificate while you work.

Core modules:

Elective modules:

  • SSCI 579: Geospatial Intelligence Tradecraft;
  • SSCI 583: Spatial Analysis;
  • SSCI 584: Spatial Modeling;
  • SSCI 585: Geospatial Technology Project Management;
  • SSCI 586: GIS Programming and Customization;
  • SSCI 588: Remote Sensing for GIS;
  • SSCI 589: Cartography and Visualization;
  • SSCI 591: Web GIS;
  • SSCI 592: Mobile GIS;
  • SSCI 593: Geospatial Data Integration

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Programme information

Led by a highly regarded faculty, the online GIST graduate programs at USC offer skills and knowledge to keep up with GIS technology and delve into exciting new territories within the GIST field, such as how to leverage geospatial intelligence to support national security, disaster response and humanitarian relief efforts.


Admission requirements:

New students applying to the online M.S. in GIST programme must have a B.A. or B.S. degree or its international equivalent, with a minimum 3.0 GPA (A=4.0). All coursework taken at the undergraduate level is used to calculate the GPA, and must submit GRE score and two letters of recommendation. Preference will be given to candidates with significant professional experience working with geographic information systems and related geospatial technologies.

Qualification: Master of Science in Geographic Information Science & Technology
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Workload / Credits: By taking 2 courses in each fall, spring and summer semester, you can complete the master’s program in as few as 16 to 20 months. The 16-unit graduate certificates can be completed in two semesters, taking 2 courses each semester.
Language: English
UNIGIS Institution:
UNIGIS USA – University of Southern California

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