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Program Requirements

The 30-credit degree program follows a year-long model for full-time students to provide an intensive experience for student-professionals seeking to re-enter the workforce quickly. Students are also able to complete the program part-time to ensure that working professionals are able to take advantage of this new degree program.

The PSM in GIS curriculum includes coursework in spatial analysis, cartography, spatial database management, GIS application development and professional development. The  Capstone project provides students with a research project or industry experience with their employer or a prospective employer, depending on their primary interests. Electives allow students to specialize within their own respective areas of interest. All courses emphasize practical skills such as scientific writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills, as well as critical thinking.

The PSM requires students to complete six core courses (18 credits) and four electives (12 credits). The core courses are as follows:

  • Cartographic Design
  • GIS Application Development
  • Advanced Statistics for Urban Applications
  • Spatial Database Design
  • GIS Ethics and Professional Practice
  • GIS Capstone

View our full list of GIS electives and course descriptions.


Sample full-time curriculum:

Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Elective (3) Elective (3) GUS 5162: Advanced Statistics for Urban Applications* (3) GUS 9187: GIS Capstone* (3)
GUS 8065: Cartographic Design* (3) GUS 8066: GIS Application Development* (3) GUS 8069: GIS Ethics and Professional Practice* (3) Elective (3)
GUS 8067: Spatial Database Design* (3) Elective (3)
Total: 9 Credits Total: 9 Credits Total: 6 Credits Total: 6 Credits


Total credit hours: 30                     *core courses (18 credits)

GUS 5062: Fundamentals of GIS is not required for the Professional Science Master’s in GIS, but it is a prerequisite for several required classes and electives. Students entering the program with no comparable introductory GIS coursework will be required to take GUS 5062 in their first semester. GUS 5062 will count as one of  the four electives.

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