Program Summary

Gain the expertise to design and leverage geographic information systems and spatial analysis tools to tackle real-world problems that impact people and our planet. This online GIS master's degree program allows for flexibility and customization. Option available for accelerated admissions.

How To Apply
Apply by January 15 to start May 12

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

36 Credits $924 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Work at the Forefront of the Industry with an Online Master of GIS

Penn State's online Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) is an award-winning 36-credit program that allows experienced professionals to customize their GIS education to reflect their career interests.

We continually update our curriculum to reflect the latest developments in the industry, including conservation GIS, LIDAR technology, remote sensing, location intelligence for business, open web mapping, and more.

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

Why an Online MGIS at Penn State?

Proven Leader. Penn State's GIS program has been a trusted leader in online education since 1998. Our students and alumni work in over 150 geospatial organizations around the world in every major sector of the mapping, GIS and GEOINT industries. You can take pride in knowing you are part of a recognized, award winning program.

Customizable Curriculum. With more than 30 courses available online, you have the freedom to customize a program that targets your career aspirations.

Maximum Flexibility. 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.

Accelerated Admission to the MGIS Program

Applying to the award-winning Penn State MGIS program has never been easier. Students who begin in one of our GIS, GEOINT, geospatial programming, or remote sensing certificate programs and who earn a 3.67 GPA or higher after completing the first three courses may be eligible for accelerated admission. Advantages of the accelerated admissions option include:

  • No GRE test is required
  • No professional experience is required
  • No letters of recommendation are required

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, so you can learn about your admission decision even earlier. Learn more about how you may qualify for accelerated admission option.

Specialized Tracks Available

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

Geospatial professionals can take our courses as a nondegree student to fulfill continuing professional development requirements. These instructor-led courses are 100% online, allowing you to complete assignments at your own pace without having to travel or leave your job. For a calendar and a list of course offerings, visit our courses page.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.