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Professional Masters Program in Geographic Information Systems

Program Details

University of Washington offers a Professional Masters Program in Geographic Information Systems designed for individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge of designing a sustainable world with geographic information systems. Students gain knowledge and skills in spatial thinking, GIS techniques, sustainability management, data mapping, and much more.


Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, in a spatially oriented discipline such as, but not limited to, geography, urban planning, geology, environmental science/studies, civil engineering or forest resources. A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 graded semester hours or last 90 graded quarter hours. At least one year of professional work experience in GIS, or two years in a part-time internship in GIS or of experience working closely with colleagues who are GIS users or developers. The program is delivered completely online for six of its courses and in a hybrid online and on-campus format for the remaining three courses. For each of these hybrid courses, you are required to attend an intensive three-day session on the UW campus in Seattle. Hybrid courses meet during the summer months.

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities