Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in GIS degree requires the successful completion of nine (9) courses and a capstone project that demonstrates the student’s ability to apply a GIS to examine, model, and analyze a spatial project of their choosing. Topics can be garnered from any course work performed in the major as well as research projects in which the student may be involved through their professional experience. Students need to take (5) out of (6) available core courses, which are the same courses required for the online GIS certificate program. Students may apply to the online GIS certificate and continue in the Master of Science degree should they desire to do so.

Four courses in addition to the core courses are required and may be selected from courses in GIS programming and enterprise development, spatial data management and quality assurance planning, cartographic design (both traditional map making and web-based mapping), GIS Web semantics, data extraction processes, database schema design, advanced topics in Remote Sensing, and GIS Decision Support Systems. Students will be required to complete a one-semester capstone project, under direct supervision of an advisor, who can be either a JHU instructor or an outside expert. Students will design and implement a research project that either follows the prescribed best practices or introduces an alternative approach to the investigative work.

Registration for the capstone project may occur after the successful completion of the 8th course in the program.  Students are encouraged to present their research results at a national or regional conference or a geospatial forum. The following courses are offered in completion of the Master of Science in GIS:

Core Courses

Students choose five (5) out of the following six (6) courses for the GIS program, which are the same courses required for the online GIS certificate program.

Elective Courses (Four Courses)

The following elective courses are offered as part of the Master of Science of GIS. We recommend that one of the four electives be a GIS programming course, and one be a Spatial Data Management course.

Capstone

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.