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Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology


The Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology is a non-thesis, professional degree program that prepares students to become high-end professionals and lead North Carolina and the nation both in the development of new technology used to model and manage spatial phenomena (economic development, disease, emergency planning and response, environmental resources, etc.) and in the management and application of this technology in corporate and service organizations. The MGIST curriculum is designed to address the growing national need for GIS developers, managers, and analysts. The degree builds on our successful Graduate Certificate in GIS and focuses on advanced skill development in computational modeling and management decision support. The National Council of Graduate Schools has designated the MGIST degree as part of its Professional Science Master’s program in recognition of the curricula’s innovative blend of science, technology, and management. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

Dr. Eric Money,
Graduate Program Director
Phone: 919-513-0408
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

The job market for individuals with GIS development and analytic skills is excellent and growing. For example the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency alone will require 7,000 analysts per year for the foreseeable future.The U.S. Department of Labor currently identifies the Geospatial Technology sector as one of 14 high growth industries in dire need of new professionals and targeted with special funding to develop this workforce.

(What will I learn?)

The MGIST degree requires 30 course credit hours including a 3-credit-hour final project and the development of a professional digital portfolio highlighting geospatial analytic skills and competencies. Students must have a cumulative gpa of 3.0 or greater to graduate from the program. Specific course requirements are listed on the department web site.

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Admission to the program is competitive and begins with an evaluation of the students past academic performance (as a function of undergraduate GPA), work-related experience, and a letter describing the applicant’s professional ambitions and experience. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate school with an overall GPA of 3.0. Students with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA may be still be considered for admission based on the remaining criteria, including other graduate coursework or through provisional status, after which full admission will be contingent on grades of a B or better in the GIS curriculum. These determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants must submit:

  • Final transcript of baccalaureate degree
  • A clear and concise statement of interest
  • 3 letters of recommendation (with at least 2 preferably from within the past 5 years)
  • CV/resume

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Normally, students in the MGIST program are self-supported. Full-time Graduate status is 9-credit hours per semester, though many students may take less if they are also working full or part-time. The MGIST requires a minimum of 4 semesters (2 years) and must be completed within 6 years.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to apply for admission or register to take courses. To earn the degree, students must be admitted through NC State's Graduate School. Students may begin to take courses before being admitted by registering as a non-degree studies (NDS) student; a maximum of 12 credit hours (four courses) taken as an NDS student may be applied to the master's degree. The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science forms the basis for the MGIST degree and up to 12 credit-hours of certificate courses are transferable to the MGIST program.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $12,224.10
Non-resident: $26,774.10

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