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Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, M.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison




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The Department of Geography offers a thesis-based master of science in cartography and geographic information systems. In addition, it offers two professional non-thesis options in the Cartography and Geographic Information Systems M.S. titled: GIS Development (online program) and Accelerated/ Non-Thesis (in-residence program).

Information about facilities, supporting faculty and staff, and program requirements for all graduate programs in the department can be found in the Geography listing in this catalog.

The M.S. in cartography and geographic information systems provides a broad foundation in the theory and application of mapping and geographic information sciences. Students who earn the M.S. degree are prepared to continue on for the Ph.D. in geography (thesis students), or for positions as GIS analysts in government agencies, planning organizations, environmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private industry.

Learning outcomes

  • Articulates, critiques, or elaborates the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry or schools of practice in cartography and GI Science.
  • Identifies sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in cartography/GI Science.
  • Demonstrates understanding of cartography/GI Science in a historical, social, or global context.
  • Selects and/or utilizes the most appropriate methodologies and practices.
  • Evaluates or synthesizes information pertaining to questions or challenges in cartography/GI Science.
  • Communicates clearly in ways appropriate to cartography/GI Science.
  • Recognizes and applies principles of ethical and professional conduct.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, M.S..

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$25,506.00 (18,69,574) per year


02 Sep


College of Letters and Science

South Hall, 1055 Bascom Mall,

University of Wisconsin–Madison,



53706, United States

Entry requirement for international students

International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.

English Language Requirement

Minimum TOEFL requirement: 92 internet (iBT); 580 paper-based test (PBT)

Minimum IELTS requirement: 7.0

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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