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Master’s in Environmental Geographic Information Science

Master of Professional Science

Next start date is June 7. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Map our world

and its future

Harness big data to understand and predict environmental change. Create maps and models that reveal our world. Master technology to illuminate problems and offer answers.

Program Overview

Environmental scientists can analyze and interpret environmental data while geographic information systems (GIS) scientists can manage and manipulate data. This degree will prepare students to meld the two by integrating spatial technologies and environmental information. Students will collaborate with their peers and current/potential employers to learn concepts and skills necessary to complete their work and research in the program. This multidisciplinary education program will also encourage students to report upon their research through scientific communication to both scientists and the general public upon graduation.

Top 5 Masters in GIS programs

Unity College offers one of the best Master’s degrees in GIS by Best Value Schools. The core curriculum for Unity College’s MPS in GIS degree includes remote sensing, environmental research methods, and creating graphics of ecosystem change, to name a few.

Program Features

+ One-on-one academic and professional advising as our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality. 

+ Unity College is an accredited institution by New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). 

+ Experiential Online. Experiential programs are delivered 100% online with fieldwork designed with the working professional in mind. 

+ Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time. 

+ Make professional connections with leaders in your field. 

+ Get job placement assistance. Browse our online job board and use free tools through our career services

+ Multiple start dates. Begin your program on your time. Choose from five year-round start dates.

Experiential and Immersive Coursework

Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing for Ecological Applications

Students will act as a geospatial analyst and are tasked with developing a research study topic. They will begin by creating a proposal for a topic of interest. They will research ways to refine the methods and data needs, and develop preliminary results.

Creating Maps and Graphics of Ecosystem Change

Story maps are a way to combine the maps you make with narrative text, images, videos, and more to tell a cohesive story. Students will pick a topic of interest that they will research and using GIS software, create a series of maps. This project will build skills that students will need to advance in their GIS career.

Modeling Our Changing World

Students will learn to use ArcGIS Pro’s Suitability Modeler software to create multi-layer maps. They will study environmental issues and learn the mapping and GIS technology advantages, limitations, and challenges. Statistical analysis will allow students to discover how to make changes for a sustainable world.

“The tutorials chosen for building maps were great. They had step-by-step, clear instructions. I really liked the discussions which opened up new ideas & concepts from each person’s own experience. Learning to use Story Maps was something I think everyone can apply right away.”


Experts in the Field

At Unity College, our Faculty is comprised of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

Jessica Morgan Unity College

Dr. Jessica Morgan

Instructor of GIS

Dr. Jessica Morgan earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island and a B.S. in Physical Geography and M.S. in Geography from Texas State University – San Marcos. Dr. Morgan completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the EPA Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division Laboratory, where she developed geospatial models to analyze the effects of scale on land use/land cover data, in support of water quality analyses.

Dr. Morgan brings value to her students with her continued fieldwork. Her research interests include remote sensing and GIS analysis for environmental applications, ecological response to stormwater best management practices, and scaling issues in land use/land cover data analysis. Outside of academia, Dr. Morgan served as the Low Impact Development Coordinator for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for three years. She was also a whale trainer at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Dr. Morgan has over 15 years of experience in environmental geospatial analysis and is passionate about working with students to help them develop the skills needed to develop solutions to complex environmental issues.

Small Class Sizes

Small Class Sizes

At Unity College, we believe our students are not just a number. The value of small class size intimacy is just as important to us in our distance education program as it is in traditional classroom settings. We give the benefit of creating tight-knit communities where networking can flourish. By keeping our class sizes small, our faculty can dedicate their time to providing all one-on-one guidance when needed by a student.

Degree requirements and courses

The MPS in Environmental Geographic Information Science degree requires 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. For a more comprehensive look into your program, download the Program Sheet or view our full online course catalog.

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Number of Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians jobs in the U.S., 2019.


Median pay for Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians in 2019.


Estimated job growth for Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians through 2029.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity College cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. 

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Last Updated on April 30, 2021