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Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems


This Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems is a two-year professional degree specifically designed to help graduates acquire all the essential skills to assume management positions in business, government, and industry, or seek employment as specialists in other areas where geospatial expertise is needed.

Graduate students in GIS at AUM  learn how to operate high-tech scientific equipment and computers to collect information and analyze data using programs designed by the world’s leading geospatial software providers. They also work with internationally recognized faculty members on research at home and abroad, and fill internships with federal, state, and local government as well as private industry.

What is GIS? A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based system designed to collect, store, integrate, manipulate, analyze & display data in a spatially referenced environment. With GIS, for example:

  • Law enforcement can overlay crime data on local maps to see trends and hot spots.
  • Social service agencies can map poverty levels to identify areas likely to need increased services.
  • Business owners can determine optimum market locations.

In other words, those skilled in using GIS offer businesses, organizations and governments the ability to spot and address relationships between geographical entities and attributes that would be otherwise invisible. Your job title might be:

  • GIS Manager
  • Cartographer
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Geoscientist
  • Conservation Scientist and Forester
  • Urban/Regional Planner

If you are looking for an undergraduate program, please review our Environmental Science GIS concentration.  AUM also offers a GIS Certificate for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline.

  • What kinds of facilities do you have to teach GIS? At AUM, the Geospatial Research Institute is a lab with the necessary software and equipment for capturing and analyzing spatial data. Its services are available to business and government and provide opportunities for work in the field for undergraduates.
  • Can I afford this program? Tuition at AUM is lower than many other major universities, and scholarships and graduate assistantship opportunities are available.
  • How will this program impact my career? Depending on your interests, it could open up a whole new set of options! The GIS field is still fairly new and there are opportunities for pay increases and/or promotions for people with experience and an advanced degree like AUM’s Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems.
  • How long will it take me to complete? The degree is designed to be completed in two academic years.
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We think a high-quality, graduate education should be affordable. Tuition rates for many of our programs are lower than at comparable universities. In addition, scholarship or other kinds of tuition assistance may be available.


AUM offers a close-knit community where students and faculty get to know each other by name and develop valuable professional networks. We are able to keep class sizes small to facilitate group projects and personalized learning.


We understand that one of the main reasons you are here is to expand your career options. That’s why our programs are practical and often apply to your current work situation. You’ll also have the opportunity to get valuable career assistance.

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Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future. Many geoscientists are involved in the search for and development of natural resources, such as petroleum. Others work in environmental protection and preservation, and are involved in projects to clean up and reclaim land. Some specialize in a particular aspect of the Earth, such as its oceans

Urban and regional planners develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. They often use GIS software to integrate data, such as for population density, with digital maps.

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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

With this master’s degree, you have many career possibilities. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (or another source, if noted). 

Career/Job TitleEntry-level Education RequirementsJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
GeoscientistsBachelor's degree5% (Slower than average)$83,680
Conservation Scientist and ForesterBachelor's degree (Master’s preferred)5% (As fast as average)$63,750
Urban/Regional PlannerMaster's degree4% (Little or no change)$78,500

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Available data represents job titles across industries and may not be specific to your job category.

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Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems


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