GIS is a breakthrough technology that’s changed the way we organize, display, analyze, and share spatial information. This data helps scientists, public officials, private companies, and local communities make better decisions.

Degree Type:
Master of Science
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
10 courses
Time to Complete:
12 – 24 months

MS in Geographic Information Systems Program Overview

The innovative GIS master’s program at Johns Hopkins University provides a solid foundation in geospatial data science, programming and application development, predictive analytics, big data technologies, and project management.

The rapidly growing geospatial technology field offers opportunities in many sectors, from government and national security to business, environmental studies, and health. With high demand, professionals with advanced degrees will be better positioned for leadership roles and the most highly regarded jobs in the industry.

Graduates of JHU’s Geographic Information Systems program work at places such as:

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Office of Youth Violence Prevention at the Baltimore City Health Department
  • Department of Defense
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • U.S Army Corps of Engineers
  • International Boundary and Water Commission
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

Pursue Your Degree On Your Terms

Our GIS master’s program was designed for working professionals. You can take classes 100% online and choose to attend full- or part-time. You’ll also have the flexibility to take courses that best fit your career goals; we offer multiple tracks and a variety of electives.

Why to Pursue an MS in Geographic Information Systems at Hopkins

A World-Renowned Research University

Use of geospatial technology is surging at Johns Hopkins University. From archaeology to environmental engineering, experts across our institution are leading multidisciplinary studies, giving our GIS students access to the latest discoveries and techniques.

Expert Faculty: Learn from GIS Leaders

Our faculty members have a have a wide range of expertise, ranging from geospatial data science and machine learning, to cartography, application development, and systems engineering.

Focus Areas and Electives

Target your coursework in Advanced Geospatial Technology, Geospatial Data Science and Predictive Analytics, or GIS Programming and Application Development. Take interesting electives surrounding Drones, Python Scripting, Cartographic Design and Visualization, and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Geospatial Technology.

Capstone Experience: Research With a Mentor

Bring together everything you’ve learned in the GIS master’s program to address an issue that matters to you. Under the mentorship of a faculty mentor, you’ll demonstrate how geographic information systems can solve a real-world problem.

Ready to Take Action?

GIS professionals are increasingly in demand. Take the next step to distinguish yourself from the competition with a master's degree in GIS from Johns Hopkins.

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