Program Overview

The University of Southern California’s Master of Science in Geographic Information Science & Technology program offers students training in spatial thinking, geospatial research and problem solving, data collection, analysis, modeling, and visualization techniques. Graduates may pursue careers in a wide range of industries, including government, environmental firms, and public health agencies, among others.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission    


    An undergraduate degree in engineering, math or hard science from a regionally-accredited university. Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA. Students attend a one-week field excursion to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.

    School Overview

    Recognized as a leading research facility with global networks, USC supports online learning through USC Online. Students benefit from online flexible degree programs, yet complete the same academic rigor and standards of on-campus degrees.

    More than 80 online degree programs accommodate working professionals and nontraditional students. Degrees include, but are not limited to, fields of study in business, management, psychology, education, dentistry, gerontology, engineering, medicine, social work, and public policy. 

    Students communicate with peers and faculty in real time via online sessions, and faculty work with students to coordinate service learning and internship opportunities in regions near to the student’s residence.

    Online students also have access to USC resources, including financial aid. Master’s programs typically require about two years to complete, while students can complete certificate programs in one year.


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