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Master’s in Environmental Geographic Information Science

Master of Professional Science

Next start date is March 11. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Map the world and chart

your course to an exciting career.

Our Environmental GIS program offers a distinctive blend of expertise, integrating in-depth environmental knowledge with hands-on GIS applications. Engage in real-world projects, honing your ability to spatially analyze and visualize environmental data, gearing you up for impactful roles in environmental management and conservation.

Learn the latest GIS technology and software skills, becoming adept at handling spatial data and propelling forward technological advancements in environmental analysis.

Connect globally with professionals, researchers, and fellow enthusiasts, broadening your network and immersing yourself in the intersection of environmental science and GIS, where innovation meets sustainability.

Your journey to a green career in Environmental Geographic Information Science begins with you!

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

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Career Outlook

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431k

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

$89k

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

+7%

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


*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity Environmental University 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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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 and cartography techniques, 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. This comprehensive approach equips students to become skilled GIS professionals, capable of using statistical analysis to discover how to make changes for a sustainable world.


Online GIS Master’s 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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Program Features


+ Career FocusUnity ranks in the top 15% of colleges for social mobility according to CollegeNET. Demand for employees with green skills is growing daily, and the sustainability core in every master’s program at Unity means that you’ll graduate with an environmental consciousness applicable to every career path.

+ Earn While You LearnOur asynchronous model is designed to provide flexibility, allowing you to balance your studies with professional and personal commitments.

+ World Renowned FacultyLearn from faculty who are working in their field, bringing their professional network and real-world insights into the virtual classroom, fostering valuable connections for your future career.

+ Applied LearningYou’ll be required to engage your local community and environment while completing your master’s degree, giving you practical, hands-on experience while allowing you to translate theoretical knowledge into real-world solutions. 

+ Personalized SupportYou can rely on one-on-one professional advising, career support from your first day, unlimited mental health counseling, and more.


Experts in the Field

At Unity Environmental University, 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

Graduate Adjunct Faculty

Kick start a geospatial adventure with Dr. Jessica Morgan—a trailblazer in environmental science! Armed with a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Morgan’s journey weaves through diverse landscapes, from whale training at Mystic Aquarium to leading environmental initiatives in Connecticut.

As a seasoned expert with over 15 years in geospatial analysis, Jessica’s passion lies in bridging academia and fieldwork. Join her in unraveling the secrets of remote sensing, GIS analysis, and ecological responses to stormwater management. Dr. Morgan isn’t just a teacher; she’s a mentor shaping the next generation of environmental problem-solvers. Ready to navigate the complex terrain of environmental solutions? Explore with Dr. Morgan and let your journey begin!

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Welcome to Distance Education, where fully online immersive learning takes you off the beaten path. Our affordable, accessible, and flexible curriculum is taught by the world's leading experts in their field and delivered to you...where YOU are.
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Welcome to Hybrid Learning where you can train for a meaningful environmental career while enjoying ultimate flexibility! Choose the combination of in-person and online courses that fits your life and goals. With 8 terms available per year with 5-week terms, we offer the best of online and hands-on education.
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Welcome to the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions! Join us for in-person, job-focused, environmental associate degrees at our commuter campus in New Gloucester, Maine. The Technical Institute offers flexible, innovative, and affordable preparation for Maine’s high-demand jobs with two-week terms, low per-credit pricing, and state-of-the-art HyFlex classrooms.

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