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 geospatial technology to examine, model, and analyze a spatial project of their choosing. Students need to take four (4) out of five (5) 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.

Five elective courses in addition to the core courses are required and may be selected from courses in programming and application development, data management, spatial and predictive analytics, visualization, big data technologies, enterprise GIS administration, project management and industry-specific courses.

Students will be required to complete a Capstone project, under direct supervision of a mentor, who can be either a JHU faculty or an outside expert. Topics can be garnered from any course work performed in the major as well as projects in which the student may be involved through their professional experience. Registration for the capstone project may occur after the successful completion of the 8th course in the program. Students are encouraged to present their results at national or regional conferences, or geospatial forums.

The following courses are offered for completion of the Master of Science in GIS:

Core Courses

Students choose four (4) out of the following five (5) courses for the GIS program, which are the same courses required for the online GIS certificate program.

Elective Courses

The following elective courses are offered as part of the Master of Science of GIS.

Capstone

Tracks (Optional)

Students in the Master of Science in GIS program could choose to follow a track. The tracks are general recommendations of logical course groupings that could be pursued. Our goals to maintain flexibility of the GIS program, and allow students to choose courses that best fulfill their own interests.

  • Core Geospatial Technology
  • Geospatial Data Science and Predictive Analytics

Same (4) out of five (5) Core courses would be required, with focus on Spatial Analytics, Programming, and Geospatial Statistics.

Sample Elective courses for the Core Geospatial Technology track:

Sample Elective courses for the Geospatial Data Science and Predictive Analytics track:

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.