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Master of Science in GIS Management

   Ranked #1 Nationally 2018

     Best Online GIS Program

Geographic Information Systems Management (M.S.)
The Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems Management Program at Salisbury University is unique among all such programs. It provides a practical, hands-on educational experience that prepares students for a career in the administration of GIS, particularly in a public context.
The M.S. in GIS Management is a direct response to the increasing value in using GIS technology to allocate scarce resources in support of informed public policy decisions. The degree is designed to enhance the GIS management proficiency of professionals working in government, business and non-profit organizations.
Are you looking to enter an exciting, dynamic field with management skills sorely needed by organizations across the country? Then this is the program for you.
  • The only fully online program in the U.S. focusing on public GIS administration
  • The opportunity to continue working full time while advancing your education
  • A focus on interaction between faculty and students and between student colleagues
  • Hands-on, real-world solutions to pressing GIS management issues
  • The chance to real-world problem solve through local government cooperative projects

  • GIS is one of the fastest-growing, high-tech career paths. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the geospatial technology industry, within the architectural and engineering occupations group, as one of the top 10 fastest growing careers between 2002 and 2012.
  • The adoption of GIS by government continues to accelerate, especially in areas such as environmental protection, resource management, public planning, law enforcement, economic development, facility management, public health and property management.
  • Students that complete this program achieve the necessary education credits for certification as a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).
  • Being online, the MSGIS program is designed for both working professionals that have a finite amount of time to further their education and those looking to complete the program in an intense one-year program.

Application Materials

Admission to the Master of Science in geographic information systems management (GISM) requires that the Application for Graduate Program Admission, application fee, transcripts from all colleges attended and Residency/Domicile Information form (if applying for in-state tuition as a Maryland resident) be submitted to the Office of Admissions. When the application and required transcripts arrive in the Office of Admissions, the application files are sent to the M.S. GISM program coordinator for admission consideration. Applicants must also submit an application directly to the M.S. GISM program with the following requirements:

  • An official transcript as evidence of completion of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate coursework in mathematics (college-level algebra or above) and elementary statistics.
  • A professional resume highlighting:
    • Any management or technical experience working in a professional capacity in business, government or non-government organizations.
    • Knowledge of and recent (within the last three years) professional experience using GIS software, demonstrated by at least one year or more of professional GIS experience.


    • At least two semesters of geographic information science courses or
    • Some combination of professional GIS experience and formal coursework
  • Three academic and/or professional recommendations addressing the applicant’s qualifications to do graduate work.
  • A personal statement of about 500 words that describes the applicant’s goals related to the pursuit of this graduate program of study and to his/her overall career.
  • International students only. Fulfillment of the University requirements for international students as outlined in the University Catalog.

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