Geographic Information Systems, MAS

Interested in building your professional career in GIS?

The Masters of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems (MAS-GIS) is a compact one-year nonthesis degree program fostering advanced study in the management and use of GIS technology in public and corporate environments. The degree meets important educational needs of working professionals and recent college graduates seeking to improve their career standing.

The program provides a comprehensive professional degree that balances work in the theoretical aspects of GIS, the technical side of the discipline, and the applications domain. Students are exposed to cutting-edge technology , with a focus on building invaluable problem-solving skills, and the opportunity to work on real-world GIS projects.

Courses are held in the evenings during the week, so the curriculum is highly adaptable to the work environment, and a MAS-GIS degree is achievable in a one-year time period.

A new group of students begins the program each August, attending evening classes during the fall and spring semesters. Upon completion of the spring semester, students select a capstone project that they complete during a summer eight week session. Final presentations take place in mid-July, and in less than 11 months, the degree is complete!

The job market in GIS is red-hot, and to date our students have consistently landed rewarding positions in the Phoenix area, and in professional positions throughout the world.  Read some individual student stories here.  International students: The MAS-GIS is a STEM Designated Degree; which means that graduates are eligible to apply for 3 years' employment in the US under the OPT program.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Balling at your convenience. If you have decided the ASU program is for you, congratulations and welcome to the Sun Devil Nation!

Dr. Robert C. Balling, Jr. (Ph.D., GISP) Director of Admissions, MAS-GIS
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
(480) 965-7533

 

Thank you for your interest in the Master’s of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems (MAS-GIS) in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. There is no application deadline for this program. To apply:

  1. Complete the ASU Graduate College's online application. As part of this application, you will submit:
    • statement of interest and commitment to the MAS-GIS program including a description of relevant academic and/or professional experience.
    • An application fee
  2. Arrange for two letters of support from any combination of current/former instructors, supervisors, or professionals.  In the online application, you may enter the email addresses of your references, and they will be contacted directly for their letters.
  3. Send University transcript(s) to either of the addresses below.   Normal GPA requirement is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 can be accepted if they show substantial promise of success based on other criteria. 
  4. If English is not your native language, provide scores for one of the following:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - minimum score of 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT). TOEFL scores need to be reported electronically by the ETS. 4007 is the institution code for Arizona State University (dept code 99). For more information, visit the TOEFL website, http://www.toefl.org.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no individual band below a 6.0.
    • If you have additional questions related to English proficiency, please see the Office of Graduate College English Proficiency page for more detailed information.

We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Classes are ‘cohort-protected’, meaning only those admitted to the program may take the classes.  The program runs one calendar year, including the fall, spring, and summer sessions. These are all evening classes, the fall semester classes are compressed and non-transferable.

Send any documents that may not be uploaded to either of the addresses below:

If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

If sending by U.S. mail:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

 

In addition to ASU Graduate College standards, prospective students seeking the MAS-GIS degree must

  • have successfully completed a Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); either overall, in the major, or during the junior and senior years.
  • submit two letters indicating support from any combination of current/former instructors, supervisors, or professionals currently employed within GIS or a related discipline.
  • prepare a formal, written statement regarding relevant academic experience, professional experience, and overall interest in GIS.

Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 can be accepted if they show substantial promise of success based on other criteria.

Application materials for the coming academic year will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the beginning of the academic year.

International students must satisfy the English proficiency requirement of the Graduate College, or as an alternative, they may enter the MAS-GIS program after completing the Global Launch program.

 

First Semester

GIS 601 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduces GIS theory and practice for professionals

GIS 602 - Intermediate GIS
Introduces visualization, spatial analysis and open source tools. .

GIS 603 - Spatial Statistics and Modeling
Geographic information systems fundamentally involve assembling, storing, handling, displaying, and analyzing spatial data. This course entitled “Spatial Statistics and Modeling” will focus on the statistical techniques that are appropriate and widely used in the analysis of such spatial data. The goal of the course is to elevate the operational competency of the students in their choice, application, and communication of results for the various spatial analytical procedures. Students will learn the appropriate terms and language used in reporting the results, the theory underlying each technique, and the critical assumptions regarding the spatial data that must be addressed in properly using the different techniques. Emphasis is placed throughout the course on the communication skills that allow the procedures to be used effectively in a problem-solving environment.

GIS 604 - Implementation in the Corporate and Public Sectors
Reading and responding to requests for proposals. Course end product is a written proposal for a project to carried out in GIS 605 and presented in GIS 606.  Course will build skills in GIS project design: how to read an RFP and write a a response, resource planning and analysis design.

GIS 605 - GIS Project Planning and Implementation
Students will implement the GIS project proposed in GIS 604. Course deals with implementing GIS projects based on project proposals, data identification, data quality evaluation.

GIS 606 - GIS Project Presentation
Students will write a technical project report and presentation for the project from GIS 605, and present the project. Course content includes writing a technical report (including peer review of drafts), developing project presentations, printed maps and graphics,and speaking to both technical and nontechnical audiences.

Second Semester

GIS 610 - Programming the GIS Environment
Programming fundamentals for desktop GIS and custom applications.

GIS 630 - GIS Technologies
Uses of GIS technology for data collection and management.

GIS 640 - GIS and Business
Uses of GIS in business practice including site suitability, demographic data and business analysis.

GIS 650 - GIS for the Internet
Programming GIS for the Internet and mobile applications.

Summer

GIS 684 - GIS Internship
Provides a practical, well-supervised GIS experience with selected organizations in the community.

GIS 693 - GIS Capstone
Final GIS presentation.


More information

For more details about curriculum as well as school policies and resources available to graduate students, see the SGSUP Graduate Programs Handbook.  

 


Professor

Balling has a long history of conducting research on the climate change issue with a special interest in blending in applications involving Geographic Information Systems.


Asst Clinical Professor (FSC)

Deitrick is the program director for the Masters of Advanced Study in GIS (MASGIS) Program. Her research focuses on GIS, decision-making and uncertainty and the use of GIS in public policy decisions.


Project Manager

Lemar is a geographic information sciences professional, as well as associate faculty member, who provides consultation to students, faculty, staff and private organizations.


Assoc Research Profsnl (FSC)

Mitra specializes in developing and programming enterprise GIS applications. He is also a faculty associate with the MASGIS program and teaches GIS Programming and Spatial Database classes.


Faculty Assoc

Thorstenson's projects cover business sector including environmental compliance, public safety, municipal GIS development, geologic assessment, socioeconomic planning, prison industry, counter terrorism and higher education.

Many students ask about funding for the program, and to that end, a current FAFSA must be on file for any sort of ASU funding. Financial Aid should be spread across the entire program and you need to apply as early as possible for funding for the academic year, including summer session.

While tuition and fees remain subject to change, the costs for the 2017-2018 program are as follows (more details are available from the Tuition and Cost of Attendance Estimator):

Status Fall Semester Spring Semester
Summer Session Total Tuition
Resident $10,769 $10,769 $7,434 $28,972
Nonresident $19,737 $19,737 $9,912 $49,386

Please note that tuition and fees set forth herein or in other University publications or web pages are subject to change.

Note that the program consists of 12 course units in the fall semester, 12 course units in the spring semester, and 6 units in the summer semester.

For information about other funding resources, see the Graduate College.

If you have questions on any other aspect of our MAS-GIS graduate program, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Associate Program Director:
Robert Balling
(480) 965-7533

Degree Offered

Geographic Information Systems, MAS
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

View Plan of Study

Application Deadlines

We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Classes are ‘cohort-protected’, meaning only those admitted to the program may take the classes.  The program runs one calendar year, including the fall, spring, and summer sessions. These are all evening classes, the fall semester classes are compressed and non-transferable.

Financing Your Education

Many students ask about funding for the program, and to that end, a current FAFSA must be on file for any sort of ASU funding. Financial Aid should be spread across the entire program and you need to apply as early as possible for funding for the academic year, including summer session.

For information about other funding resources, see the Graduate College write-up on funding graduate college.