The Master in Professional Studies (M.P.S.): Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a 30-credit graduate program that will provide an advanced-level of education to professionals working or interested in the region's geospatial technology industry.
Upon completing the M.P.S. in GIS, students will possess an advanced knowledge of the information systems, computer science, and analytical aspects of the field of GIS. Students will utilize the knowledge, tools and techniques of database management, application development, and analytical assessment to appropriately address geographic information requirements and answer spatial questions. A connecting thread through all of the courses in this program is the development of a model Enterprise GIS. Each course, where appropriate and relevant, contributes elements to the evolution of a demonstration system, providing students with hands-on enterprise system development and a practical experience in building a highly functional GIS.
Drawing on the diverse and outstanding expertise of regional professionals and academics, this program raises the bar for educating geospatial professionals. Our aim is to develop the next generation of GIS professionals. The Master in Professional Studies: Geographic Information Systems requires a total of 30-credit hours. Students must complete 6 core courses (totaling 18 credits) and 4 electives (totaling 12 credits). The courses in this program are explicitly designed to ensure students are exposed to the range of knowledge and technologies central to successful implementation of well-integrated Geographic Information Systems. Course content has been developed from the ground-up to conform to the GIS&T Body of Knowledge developed by the AAG and UCGIS, and the Geospatial Technology Competency Models developed by the Geospatial Workforce Development Center.
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Ashley Waters, Associate Director