Master of GIS Degree

The fully-online 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).

Admission Requirements

To enroll in the Master of GIS degree program, students must meet the following program requirements:

1. Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a scale of 4.00,

2. 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 applicant, and

3.  Submit a Statement of Purpose describing the applicant’s interest in furthering their GIS education. In consultation with the Chair of the Department of Geography, exceptions to item 3 may be considered.

For more information on General Requirements for Graduate Study at UCA, calculation of Grades and Quality Points, and graduate student status, please refer to the Graduate Bulletin.

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.


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

Required Courses (24 hours) plus 6 hours of 6V90 Thesis (Click HERE for course descriptions)


GRADUATE STUDENT TIMELINE (Non-Thesis/Portfolio Option)

Check Sheet

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

Required Courses (30 hours) (Click HERE for course descriptions)


Course Rotation

Spring – GEOG 5345, 6320, 6328, 6330, 6370, 6V90

Summer – GEOG 5315, 6V60, 6V90

Fall – GEOG 5310, 5340, 6333, 6380, 6V90

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. Stephen O’Connell, Chair of Geography.

Follow the links below for additional information.

Requirements for Admission
Program Costs (NOTE: the MGIS Program is assessed as a Graduate Fully Online Program; see the bottom of Page 3)
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