Bachelor’s to Master’s in GIScience Pathway

Undergraduate students interested in a graduate degree in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) may be eligible to apply for the Bachelors/Master’s Pathways Program. The GIScience Pathway will help you build strong skills in geographic information technologies (GIS, spatial analysis and modeling, remote sensing, geovisualization, etc.) which can help expand your professional opportunities. The combined MS GIS pathways program allows you to share or double count, up to 12 graduate credit hours between your undergraduate degree AND the master’s degree in GIScience, both must be earned at FSU.

Please read over the entire Pathways Program guide below. For advising and/or questions on the MS GIS Pathways program, please reach out to Rachael Cofield (

Overview of Requirements to Join the MS GIS Pathways Program

  1. The following course must be completed with a C- or higher. Note: this course does NOT double count with the GIScience Master’s Degree.
    • GIS4043/L – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems & Lab
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Junior or Senior Level Status
  4. Apply to the Program
  5. Complete a Graduate Application by the deadline.  (Nov 11 – Spring 2023 admissions).
    • $30 application fee.
    • ALL other requirements are waived for students on the MS GIS Pathway (Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of Recommendation, Resume/CV, transcripts)

Important policies for taking Graduate level courses as an Undergraduate student at FSU:

  • Graduate level courses must be completed with a B- or higher to count in the Graduate Degree.
  • Students can double count up to 12 credit hours, ONLY 6 hours per semester.
  • Students who choose to pursue a degree at another institution are not guaranteed the ability to transfer graduate coursework earned as part of a combined pathways program at FSU to count in that other institution’s program(s).

Requirements to Join the MS GIS Pathways Program

Step 1: Complete Undergraduate Requirements

  • Complete the following course with a grade of C- or higher:
    • (4) GIS4043/L – Intro to GIS & Lab
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Junior or Senior Status to begin Graduate level courses.

Step 2: Apply

Once you have satisfied the above requirements, you will contact the Undergraduate Director, Rachael Cofield ( for acceptance into the program and approval to begin your graduate application.

Step 3: Submit a Graduate Application

Submit a graduate application for the MS GIS program before the deadline prior to the semester you plan to begin taking graduate-level courses.  You can begin the application process here: APPLY!

Deadlines to submit a Graduate Application for Spring 2023:  November 11, 2022

Components of a complete application:

  • $30 Application Fee
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • The following documents will be WAIVED for Pathways Students once your application has been submitted: Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of Recommendation, Resume/CV, and official transcripts.

Registering for Graduate-level Courses

Undergraduate students can take 6 hours of Graduate coursework per semester and up to 12 hours to double count toward their FSU Undergraduate degree AND their FSU Master’s degree in GIScience. 

Submit a Request to take Graduate Classes
You must submit a “Request to take Graduate Classes Form” prior to taking graduate-level courses each semester. Please email the form to Rachael Cofield ( with the course(s) you would like to take. The registrar will add you to the submitted course(s).

Approved Elective Courses – Must be completed with a B- or higher

(3) GEO5165C – Quantitative Geography
(3) GIS5013 – GIS Programming
(3) GIS5131 – Geographic Visualization
(3) GIS5331 – Florida GIS Applications
(3) GIS5305 – GIS for Environmental Analysis and Modeling
(3) GIS5605 – GIS Local Government

For advising on graduate-level courses, please contact Dr. Yang (

Completing the Graduate Program

Graduate Orientation
You will need to attend graduate orientation after you graduate with your bachelor’s degree and begin your first semester as a Graduate student.

Internal Transfer Form

To have your graduate-level coursework double counted, you will need to email Rachael Cofield ( with the list of courses you wish to have transferred to your graduate transcript (double counted).

Degree Requirements (30 hours)

Digital Degree Checklist (Coming Soon!)

Required Courses (13 Hours) – Must be completed with a B or Higher

(4) GIS5034/L – Remote Sensing & Lab (4) (Fall)*

(3) GIS5106 – Advanced GIScience (3) (Spring)

(6) GIS5950 – GIScience Capstone (6) (Summer)

*Anyone who has taken GIS4035/L or equivalent and earned a B or higher can waive this requirement, but they would need to take 4 additional hours of elective courses

Electives (17 hours) – Must be completed with a B- or Higher

Please see here for our complete list of electives offered by the department, specific courses offered each semester are sent out by the department prior to registration and can also be found using the course search.

*Completed double-count electives will be applied to these hours.

For more information, please contact MS GIS Director Dr. Xiaojun Yang ( and Undergraduate Director Rachael Cofield (