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An Online Master's Degree in GIS Customized for the Experienced Professional
Penn State’s online Master of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an award-winning 35-credit program that allows experienced professionals to customize their GIS education to reflect their career interests.
By advancing your education online while you work, you’ll be well on your way to designing, specifying, and managing complex geographic information infrastructures as a leader in such fields as:
- environmental resource management
- urban and regional planning
- local government
- surveying and cartography
- facilities management
- transportation planning
Geospatial Portfolio Video
Learn more about the World Campus geospatial programs in this video:
What Makes the Penn State Online Master's in GIS Different?
Penn State's GIS program has been a leader in online education since 1998. You can take pride in knowing you are part of a nationally recognized, award-winning program, considered one of the "Best Online Programs in 2015" by U.S. News and World Report.
Our program also gives you the freedom to customize a curriculum that targets your career aspirations. You'll work directly with faculty from the day you're accepted into the program through the day you graduate, so you can benefit the most from your online education.
Our program is also uniquely structured across five 10-week terms, with two sessions that overlap in the fall and spring term. This schedule allows you to seek financial aid and provides greater flexibility for completing your degree at your preferred pace.
A Relevant Curriculum with Practical Courses
We offer more than 30 online geospatial courses that cover all of the core areas of GIS and geospatial intelligence. Courses are updated and new courses are added to reflect the latest developments in the industry, including conservation GIS, LIDAR technology, location intelligence for business, open source mapping, and more.
Take your customized program to the next level with an option in geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) or geodesign (GEODZ):
GEOINT Option — Produce information and insights through skillful and conscientious analysis of diverse geo-referenced data to manage natural and cultural assets, enforce the law, and plan and conduct military operations.
GEODZ Option — Combine science and evidence-based approaches with the design process, enabling you to become more adept at assessing the impact of designs on people and nature.
Professional Development Opportunities
Penn State World Campus also offers more than 19 instructor-led online courses that geospatial professionals can take to fulfill continuing professional development requirements. For a calendar and a list of course offerings, visit our courses page.
- Geographic Information Systems - GIS (Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
- Geospatial Intelligence Analytics (Graduate Certificate)
- Information Sciences - Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (Master of Professional Studies)
- Homeland Security – Geospatial Intelligence Option (Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security)