Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    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.

    School Overview

    In 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast. The University is comprised of three campuses: the Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges whose faculty offer educational opportunities to students ranging from first-year undergraduates through doctoral-level candidates; the Bothell and Tacoma campuses, each developing a distinctive identity and undergoing rapid growth, offer diverse programs to undergraduates and to graduate students. The primary mission of the University of Washington is the preservation, advancement, and dissemination of knowledge. 

    The University of Washington offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Built Environments
    • Foster School of Business
    • School of Dentistry
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering
    • College of the Environment
    • The Graduate School
    • The Information School 
    • School of Law
    • School of Medicine
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Pharmacy
    • Evans School of Public Affairs
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Social Work

    To accommodate the busy lifestyles of students that are unable to attend UW in the traditional campus environment, a variety of courses, graduate degree programs an certificate programs are available entirely online, and also through a combination of classroom and online instruction.


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