The College of Liberal Arts offers a Professional Science Master’s and a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Learn about our admissions process so you can further your education at Temple University.

Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Our Professional Science Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems (PSM in GIS) is a one-year, 30-credit professional degree allowing students to enter or return to the work force quickly. The program is open to all students with an interest in GIS who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in any field.

We prepare students for the demands of the job market, integrating advanced technical training with business ethics and professional development. Core coursework includes spatial database design, application development, technical cartography, advanced statistics and ethics and professional practice, culminating in a hands-on capstone experience. The program trains competitive, skilled GIS analysts and prepares students to sit for the GISP certification exam. We are affiliated with the National Professional Science Master’s Association and work with an advisory board of professionals in the field to ensure that our program is teaching the skills that employers are seeking.

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Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Our 12-credit graduate certificate in GIS is open to all students who have completed an undergraduate degree—including current Temple University graduate students and those not currently enrolled in a graduate program. The program has a range of GIS electives to allow graduate certificate students to tailor their coursework to their professional or academic interests. Contact psmgis@temple.edu to get started on your certificate!

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Professional Science Master’s in Geospatial Data Science

Professional Science Master’s in Geospatial Data Science students will learn to process, and analyze spatial data through in-demand technical skills including programming, statistics, big data analytics, application development, machine learning, and interactive and exploratory data visualization. Graduates may be expected to work in contexts outside the realm of traditional GIS jobs, including in corporate environments. With increasing access to geospatial data, the demand for organizations to undertake projects that require geospatial skills and a spatial perspective will increase.

Full-time students can complete the Professional Science Master’s in Geospatial Data Science in as little as one-year, returning quickly to the workforce. The program curriculum is informed by an advisory board of industry professionals and incorporates real-world experiences through project-based learning and an internship capstone requirement.

  • Please email psmgis@temple.edu to inquire about applications and for further details.

Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Data Science

We offer a graduate certificate for students who already have a BA and want to pursue additional coursework in Geospatial Data Science. Our courses introduce students to a variety of data science tools with a focus on location-based data. The certificate complements our Professional Science Master’s in Geospatial Data Science and serves as a gateway into the program. It also pairs well with other graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and throughout Temple University.

  • Please email psmgis@temple.edu to inquire about applications and for further details.

Admissions Process

Please visit the Professional Science Master’s in Geographic Information Systems Admissions page or Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems Admissions page to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply.

You can also view the PSM and Graduate Certificate in GIS Handbook.


Graduate Students

Our highly selected MA and PhD students are an intricate part of the learning and teaching experience here in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies. Our graduate students conduct research, teach courses and work closely with various faculty members and students throughout the department.

Chair:
Melissa Gilbert
309 Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-5482
mgilbert@temple.edu


Director:
Lee Hachadoorian
334 Gladfelter Hall
(215)204-3331
Lee.Hachadoorian@temple.edu


Graduate Chair:
Hamil Pearsall
313B Gladfelter Hall
hamil.pearsall@temple.edu


Senior Manager, Administration:
Vicki Giammarco
308 Gladfelter Hall
(215)204-7692
vicki.giammarco@temple.edu


Coordinator:
Liz Janczewski
338A Gladfelter Hall
(215)204-3386
liz.janczewski@temple.edu