See, capture, store, and interpret data for terrains and applications that range from the distribution of organic mound-building ants in Yellowstone National Park to assessing the northernmost-known population of emerald ash borers in North America—to banking infrastructure or urban sewer systems. The uses for geospatial technology continue to expand. Companies use data to track assets, teams, and customers. Communities, for routing 911 responders, drilling wells, and designing cell-phone networks.
A professional Master's of Geographic Information Science (MGIS) degree equips you to understand relationships, patterns, and trends using GIS, LiDAR, remote sensing, and other geographic-information system skills.
Program Strengths and Opportunities
The 30-credit coursework-only degree builds a strong foundation in core geospatial principles.
Thesis and report options are also available for those interested in pursuing a research project as part of their degree (note that all course requirements of the degree must be satisfied).
The program includes interdisciplinary studies in statistics, communications, environmental policy, and business.
The US Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model, which outlines skills and knowledge needed to perform as an effective GIS professional, was used as a guide to develop Michigan Tech's MGIS degree program.