Master of GIS Degree (This is an online degree)

The Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree is modeled after the online Executive MBA programs. Students who enroll in the degree will ideally have had previous GIS coursework (having taken at least one GIS course at the undergraduate or graduate level) or be currently employed in a position which requires the use of GIS or GIS-based information services (i.e., either a GIS professional seeking greater training or someone who must manage GIS workers or who needs information from a GIS to perform his/her job).

Minimum Admission Requirements

To enroll in the Master of GIS degree program, students must meet the requirements to be admitted into UCA's Graduate School as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin , including: 1) a bachelor's degree, 2) a GPA of 3.0, and 3) each student must have successfully completed at least one college-level GIS course or be currently employed in an agency/business where GIS is frequently used by the student. In consultation with Dr. Jeff Allender, Chair of the Department of Geography, exceptions to #3 will be considered.

Degree Options

The Master of GIS degree has two options, a thesis option and a non-thesis option. Important  information regarding timelines and required courses are provided below for both options.

GRADUATE STUDENT TIMELINE (Thesis Option)

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Grades and Quality Points

MGIS Grades: Students must complete all course work with a minimum 3.00 grade point average and no more than six semester hours of C grades. Students receiving more than two Cs in courses will be dismissed from the Master of Geographic Information Systems Program.

The 30-hour, Master of GIS degree is configured as outlined below:

Required Courses (27 hours) (Click HERE for course descriptions)

GEOG 5310, Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 5315, Mapping Fundamentals for GIS

GEOG 5345, Digital Image Processing for GIS

GEOG 6320, Technical Issues in GIS

GEOG 6328, Spatial Analysis and Modeling

GEOG 6160, 6260, 6360, Directed Readings and Research in GIS

GEOG 6380, GIS Research Methodology

GEOG 6190, 6290, 6390, Thesis (A total of 6 credits is required, which may come from 6190, 6290, or 6390). Continuous Enrollment:  Students submitting a master's thesis must register for at least one hour of graduate thesis credit each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) after enrolling in their first thesis course. Actual letter grades for thesis courses are not given unless there is sufficient evidence that work on the thesis has taken place. Otherwise, "X" grades (incomplete) will be given until the thesis has been completed. At that time, the "X" grades will be changed to a letter grade.

Elective Courses (3 hours - one course from the following)

GEOG 5312, Health Applications of GIS

GEOG 5333, GIS for Planning and Public Administration

GEOG 5340, Fundamentals of Database Design and Development
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GRADUATE STUDENT TIMELINE (Non-Thesis Option)

Check Sheet

Grades and Quality Points

MGIS Grades: Students must complete all course work with a minimum 3.00 grade point average and no more than six semester hours of C grades. Students receiving more than two Cs in courses will be dismissed from the Master of Geographic Information Systems Program.

The 30-hour, Master of GIS degree is configured as outlined below:

Required Courses (27 hours) (Click HERE for course descriptions)

GEOG 5310, Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 5315, Mapping Fundamentals for GIS

GEOG 5345, Digital Image Processing for GIS

GEOG 6320, Technical Issues in GIS

GEOG 6328, Spatial Analysis and Modeling

GEOG 6160, 6260, 6360, Directed Readings and Research in GIS

GEOG 6380, GIS Research Methodology

GEOG 6385, 6685, GIS Graduate Project (Actual letter grades for project courses are not given unless there is sufficient evidence that work on the project has taken place. Otherwise, "X" grades (incomplete) will be given until the project has been completed. At that time, the "X" grades will be changed to a letter grade.)

Elective Courses (3 hours, 1 course from the following)

GEOG 5312, Health Applications of GIS

GEOG 5333, GIS for Planning and Public Administration

GEOG 5340, Fundamentals of Database Design and Development
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Cost (the same for thesis and non-thesis options)

$25.00 graduate school application fee

$1164.00 per 3-credit course

Future Courses

Summer 2013 - Geog 5315, 6320, 63/685, 61/2/390

Fall 2013 - Geog 5345, 6360, 6380, 63/685, 61/2/390

Spring 2014 - Geog 5310, 5340, 6328, 63/685, 61/2/390

Summer 2014 - Geog 5315, 6320, 63/685, 6//2/390

Fall 2014 - Geog 5310, 6360, 6380, 63/685, 61/2/390

Spring 2015 - Geog 5345, 5340, 6328, 63/685, 61/2/390

Summer 2015 - Geog 5315, 6320, 63/685, 61/2/390

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to two courses (six credit hours) from other departments into the degree as long as they represent a coherent sequence and/or are relevant to the student's professional interest in GIS. All transfer courses must be approved by Dr. Jeff Allender, Chair of the Department.

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