Geographic Information System Technology

Geographic Information Systems Technology

Master of Science

Seeking employment or advancement in the fast-growing geospatial industry? The Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems Technology (GIST) trains you to succeed in a variety of careers.


GIST programs at the University of Arizona emphasize cutting-edge trends and have become some of the largest and most successful programs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our newly redesigned graduate curricula respond to emerging technologies in GIST-related fields, focusing on web, mobile and open source applications to ensure graduates are ready for an ever-evolving workplace.

Arizona is dedicated to offering the highest-quality GIST programs available, both in person and online. That’s why our programs meet the standards of the GIST Body of Knowledge compiled by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, which guarantees the program provides a comprehensive overview of GIST topics such as programming and development, data capture and management, analytics and modeling, and cartography and visualization. Our online instructional methodology meets all relevant standards for quality in online education. As a result, MS-GIST graduates often find or advance related careers in fields such as public administration, natural and cultural resources, IT engineering, and defense.

Other amazing features of this program include:

  • Earning your MS-GIST online in 18 months from a top-ranked geography department with some of the most cost-effective programs available.
  • Learning about:
    • Current remote sensing and LiDAR processing skills.
    • Professional geodata analytics and the latest trends in big data applications to geospatial analysis.
    • The fundamentals of web GIS, mobile GIS and GIS programming with Python.
  • Gaining hands-on experience in the use of leading proprietary GIS/remote sensing software (e.g., ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ERDAS) and open source solutions such as QGIS.
  • Working with the Arizona’s internationally renowned faculty.

View detailed program information

Career Level: Graduate
Degree: Master of Science
College: College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $820
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


Prepare for a Career in GIST

The MS in GIST gives students the opportunity to explore diverse areas like programming and development, analytics and modeling, and cartography and visualization. Kiri Carini shares details about the program and her experience as an online student.