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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.

Unity College’s Master’s of Professional Science in Environmental GIScience will prepare you for careers in geography, cartography, and surveying. Learn to visualize data, use tools like ArcGIS and ArcPro software, and present your work to experts in geographic information systems.

Think differently about the world and persuade others to do the same. Apply online to earn your Unity College master’s.

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 MS in GIS degree includes remote sensing, environmental research methods, and creating graphics of ecosystem change, to name a few.

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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. 

What Students are Saying

The tutorials chosen for building maps, story maps etc 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.

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Earn your Master’s in GIS

Study Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing in your master’s program. GIS is a framework for gathering, managing, analyzing, and explaining data. Use data sets about populations, places, and more, to create visually compelling maps and scenes to explain trends and changes.

GIS is essential to the study and interpretation of changes to locations, topography, land cover, water bodies, and much more.

With a master’s in GIS, you’ll have the skills needed for a career as a biologist, cartographer, GIS specialist, remote sensing scientist, surveyor, urban planner, and others.

In your Unity program, you’ll benefit from:

  • Personalized attention. Online classes average 10 students, meaning you’ll receive ample attention from your professors.
  • Quick time to completion. Take classes full-time and you can finish your master’s in as little as 12 months.
  • Begin your degree on one of five start dates. All classes are offered online, so you can earn your degree from anywhere in the world.
  • Professional resources. From world-class faculty to free access to GIS software, you’ll be prepped for success.
  • No test scores. No GRE or GMAT required for application. That’s one less thing on your plate.

If you are currently in the field of environmental science, or would like to pursue a career in GIS, we encourage you to apply online.

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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.

Environmental Geographic Information Science Sample Courses

  • PROF 505 Strategic Management of Innovation

    Understand the strategic, organizational, and human issues that can either help or hinder you in efforts to develop and implement science-based solutions to environmental and natural resource challenges. This course combines the study of principles needed to manage scientific innovation with an emphasis on how environmental innovation fits with an organization’s strategy and business model, why it matters, and how you can create an innovative learning organization and drive change.

  • GISC 605 Modeling Our Changing World

    Learn to model and analyze real-world environmental science problems (e.g. past and future impacts of climate change on the Earth). You’ll model raster and vector data using algorithms and basic programming languages. You’ll use various proprietary and/or open source software to model and analyze environmental data including ArcGIS, R, and QGIS.

  • GISC 520 Creating Maps and Graphics of Ecosystem Change

    Gain an introduction to the theory and practice of cartography and visualization. You’ll learn how to think and communicate visually using a variety of environmental GIS data. Activities and a final project will teach you how to visually display and examine environmental problems. Learn symbology, coordinate systems, map projects, topographic representations, interpolation, classification schemes, and more to effectively visually communicate real-world environmental problems and solutions to scientific and general public audiences.

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