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.


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 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 to get started on your certificate!

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Admissions Process

Please visit the Geographic and Information Systems Bulletin 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.

Melissa Gilbert
309 Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-5482

Lee Hachadoorian
334 Gladfelter Hall

Graduate Chair:
Hamil Pearsall
313B Gladfelter Hall

Senior Manager, Administration:
Vicki Giammarco
308 Gladfelter Hall

Liz Janczewski
338A Gladfelter Hall