Geographic Information Science (GIS), M.S.

The M.S. in Geographic Information Science (GIS) is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online. The program of study is designed to prepare students for leadership roles involving the use of GIS in public, nonprofit, and private organizations.

Graduate students in Geographic Information Science (GIS) at UWF will become technically proficient in a variety of geospatial technologies through hands–on instruction. Recognized by the National Professional Science Masters Association, the program focuses on advanced skill development in computational modeling and management decision support and will address the growing need for GIS developers, managers, and analysts.

GIS Capstone Project: Students enrolled in the PSM (GIS) program are required to complete a two semester Capstone project, under the direct guidance of a qualified mentor and under the supervision of the GIS 6555 Capstone course instructor. The topic and methodology chosen for the project must be related to the student’s course work and interest. Ideally, the Capstone will be a culminating project, integrating material studied in the program. Students currently employed in a GIS position may elect to use their current position for the project.
GIS Capstone Project Guidelines (PDF)
GIS Capstone Intention Form (Word)

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of graduate admission tests: GRE , MAT, or GMAT 
• Undergraduate cumulative GPA 
• Undergraduate senior year/major GPA 
• Submission of letter of intent describing work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals 
• Submission of three recommendation forms (PDF) 


Department Contact

Ms. Amber Bloechle
Online GIS Director 
Department of Environmental Studies 

Phone: (850) 857-6121

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Program Accolades

  • Professional Science Master's

Learn more about the Professional Science Master's.  

Application Deadlines

Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.