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Master of Science in Geographic Information Science San Francisco State University




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Course info


The Master of Science in Geographical Information Science (GISci) program prepares graduate students for advanced careers in a wide range of geospatial information research and applications. Geographic information science encompasses the development, use, and applications of geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), and spatial statistics. A student completing this program will be prepared to take on advanced technical and leadership roles in environmental and resource agencies and firms employing GIS, remote sensing and other geospatial technologies.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills appropriate to master's-level work in Geography.
  • Understand the use of appropriate methods of inquiry in GIScience research.
  • Quantitatively analyze a geographic research question.
  • Develop and formulate research questions from literature or internship experience.
  • Use skills and knowledge to answer research questions through a thesis or research project.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Science in Geographic Information Science.

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$15,210.00 (11,14,884) per year


23-Aug-21, 24-Jan-22


College of Science and Engineering

Thornton Hall (TH) 323,

1600 Holloway Avenue,



94132, United States

Entry requirement for international students

An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.25 or better in geography or a related discipline, with emphasis or experience in spatial data analysis, and have earned a grade of B or better in GEOG 603, or equivalent.

Minimum TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 7.0 or PTE 65; some majors require higher scores.

For Fall admission: Rolling admissions beginning with applications submitted by April 15; For Spring admission: Apply by November 30.

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

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