Geographic Information Science

The specialization in Geographic Information Science (GIS) is an interdisciplinary degree designed to prepare students for leadership roles involving the use of GIS in public, nonprofit, and private organizations.

As part of the coursework, students will be provided with the opportunity to become technically proficient in a variety of geospatial technologies through hands–on instruction. 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.

The proposed courses and internships have been carefully combined to reflect the real–world requirements needed for careers in the geospatial sciences. With 100% of the coursework offered online, this program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who did not acquire a GIS background as part of their primary academic training while they continue to hold their position in their chosen field.

For more information on core and specialization requirements, please visit our Online UWF Catalog.

  • The M.S.A., GIS specialization is offered completely online and designed for working professionals
  • In addition to a 12 hour business core, students complete 24 hours of GIS courses focusing on real-world requirements needed for advanced careers in the geospatial sciences
  • Access to industry-standard software is provided via eDesktop for GIS. Access to high-speed internet is required
  • Online GIS Graduate Certificate credits will count towards the M.S.A. in GIS
  • GIS Specialization courses are scheduled to begin Fall 2014

Admissions Requirements

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

  • Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA
  • Undergraduate Senior Year/Major GPA
  • Submission of letter of intent describing the candidate’s work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals
  • Submission of three Recommendation Forms (PDF)

For more specific graduate admissions requirements, visit the Graduate Admissions Requirements page.

Foundational Proficiencies (15 sh)

Course Number

Course Name


GIS 3015

Cartographic Skills /w lab 4

GIS 4035

Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing /w lab 4

GIS 4043

Introduction to GIS /w lab 4

GIS 5100

Applications in GIS 3

Major Courses (36 Semester Hours)

All specializations in the M.S.A. have a common core. Students must earn a "C" or above in all courses.

No more than 49% of the program requirements for the M.S.A. degree may be taken in traditional business subjects.

M.S.A. Core (12 sh)

Course Number

Course Name


EME 6358  Evaluation for MSA Professionals 1.5
 GEB 5871  MBA Foundations: Managerial Economics 1.5
 GEB 5872  MBA Foundations: Financial Management I 1.5
 GEB 5875 MBA Foundations: Management Skills and Applications 1.5
MAN 6156 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
 Choose from the following (total of 3 hours)
 GEB 5870  MBA Foundations: e-Business Systems  
GEB 5876  MBA Foundations: Marketing Management  
 Advisor approved course relating to specialization

Geographic Information Science (GIS) (24 sh)

Course Number

Course Name


GIS 5103 GIS Programming 3
 GIS 5935 Special Topics in Geographic Science  3
 GIS 6005 Communicating GIS  3
GIS 6110 Advanced Topics in Geographic Information Science 3
GIS 6555 Geographic Information Systems Management
GIS 6955 GIS Capstone 6
Choose from the following
COP 5725 Database Systems
COP 5775 Database Administration 3
Total Hours 24

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Ms. Amber Bloechle
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University of West Florida
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