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The 6 Most Affordable Online GIS Master’s Programs

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While there aren’t as many online GIS master’s programs as broader engineering disciplines, the major is no less popular. We’ve done the hard work for you—gathering all online GIS master’s and ranking according to cost—so that you can make an informed decision.

Our editors compared 12 GIS master programs from 12 regionally accredited online schools to create this ranking. Below is our editorially independent list of the 6 “Best Buys” for an affordable online GIS master’s. All degrees cost less than $17,500.

Average Cost (In-state): $27,337.05
Least Expensive: Northwest Missouri State University ~$13,534.72
Most Expensive: University of Southern California ~$48,524

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online GIS master’s programs. The online degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2017 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Online GIS Master Programs

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
Northwest Missouri State University
The University of West Florida
University of Colorado Denver
Elmhurst College
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Kent State University
Tennessee State University
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NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
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Northeastern University
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Pennsylvania State University
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University of Washington
Professional Masters Program in Geographic Information Systems 14
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University of Denver
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University of Florida
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University of Southern California
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Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Spring 2017 review of regionally accredited online GIS programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online master’s degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules.

The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

Editorial Note: Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers a master’s degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion.

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