Master’s in Geographic Information Science (MS GIS)

The MSGIS program at Florida State University is dedicated to providing advanced training in geographic information science, technologies, and applications.

Degree Requirements

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The MSGIS degree requires a total of 30 graduate credit hours (5000 level or higher) which can be completed within 12 months (three semesters) for full-time students or a longer period for part-time students. Key components include courses in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing & digital image processing, spatial analysis & modeling, and geographic visualization with environmental and urban applications, along with a capstone internship to gain valuable real-world experience with organizations using geographic information technologies.

Students must attain at least a B in required classes, and B- in electives. See list of courses currently available below.


Elective courses are offered on a rotating basis, not all electives will be offered within a 1-year cycle.


GEO5165C – Quantitative Geography (3)
GIS5038C – Advanced Remote Sensing (3)
GIS5103 – GIS Programming (3)
GIS5111 – Spatial Modeling in GIScience (3)
GIS5112 – GIS Databases (3)
GIS5122 – Applied Spatial Statistics (3)
GIS5131 – Geographic Visualization (3)
GIS5305 – GIS for Environmental Analysis & Modeling (3)
GIS5306 – Environmental Change Modeling (3)


GEO5378 – Landscape Ecology (3)
GEO5934 – Special Topics: GIS Water Resources (3)
GEO5934 – Special Topics: Urban Climate & GIS (3)
GIS5318 – Climate Change & Ecosystems (3)
GIS5331 – Florida GIS Applications (3)
GIS5400 – GIS Applications in Social Sciences (3)
GIS5605 – GIS Local Government (3)
*Other technical electives offered by other departments (e.g., machine learning, programming, statistics) must be approved by MSGIS Program Coordinator