MS in Geographic Information Science

Become a leader in a field experiencing explosive growth with applications across industries using advanced technology to assemble, integrate, analyze and present spatial information in a digital format. 

The Department of Geography will customize your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. We will introduce you to new professional networks in the industries and organizations that interest you the most.

Infographic that says, 10 Skills Employers Want 1. Data Collection and Analytics 2. Critical Thinking 3. Techology and Database Management 4. Research 5. Leadership 6. Professional Conduct 7. Oral and Written Communication 8. Project Management 9. Global Perspective 10 Teamwork .

Be Career Ready

  • Collect, process and interpret geospatial information
  • Become a super user of state-of-the-art software and emerging technology
  • Provide key information for data-driven decisions involving environmental studies, geology, engineering, economics, politics, the social sciences, marketing and more

Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.

Here is how we help you develop 10 critical skills:

How much can you earn?

Bar graph, Salary: $105,000 high, $77,000 median average salary, $48,000 low.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for geographers was $76,780 in May 2017. The highest 10% earned more than $104,710.

What career is in your future?


* Computer Analyst
* Ecologist
* Environmental Scientist
* Geomorphologist
* GIS Specialist
* Business Analyst
* Geoscientist
* Research Analyst
* Researcher
* Transportation Planner
* Image Analyst
* Project Manager
* Triangulation Tech
* Data Scientist

GIS Alumni

In addition to those mentioned in the examples above, here are a few more GIS alumni who are making a difference in their profession and their communities. They're looking forward to helping you expand your professional network.

  • Jena Jendrowski, MS '19, Geographic Information Systems Analyst, Logistic Dynamics, Inc.
  • Amy Hinchcliffe, BA ’15, MA ’16, Compliance Supervisor in the Traffic Department at David’s Bridal in Bristol, PA
  • Jason Tempera, MS '08, Senior Manager, Transportation, Canon Solutions America
  • Scott Steigerwald, MA ’97, is Associate Director of Development at IHS Markit
  • Chris Olney, Minor ’95, MA ’97, has worked at the Finger Lakes Land Trust, a non-profit land conservation organization serving 12 counties of Central and Western New York
  • Richard Quodomine, BA ’96, MA ’03, is Senior Lead GIS Analyst at the city of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Property
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