Masters in GIS

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Applied MS GIScience is a one-year fast-track program that equips students with skills for tracking people and vehicles, siting facilities, and identifying environmental changes using market-leading geospatial software.

Program Requirements:
The Masters in GIS program is not an online (or evening) degree program. Both in-person and remote courses are offered at present due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here for program requirements. 

Funding support is not available to students in the first semester. For students starting in fall, funding may be available but is not guaranteed in their second semester (spring). For Students starting in spring, funding may be available but is not guaranteed in their third semester (spring). Current stipend is approximately $9,000 for one semester plus a 9 hour tuition waiver. Students are responsible for paying University fees. Funding is conditional on good scholastic standing (including GPA over 3.0) and available departmental resources.

Requirements for Admissions:
Students with degrees from ALL subjects are considered; no prior Geography or GIS classes or experience is required. Applications from students from the State of Florida, from the rest of the USA, and from the rest of the world are considered EQUALLY.

One OFFICIAL copy of your transcripts from each undergraduate and/or graduate school you have attended. Transcripts must not be “Issued To Student.”

  • Mail transcripts to:
    • The Florida State University
      Office of Admissions
      282 Champions Way
      P.O. Box 3062400
      Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
  • Electronic transcripts to:

GRE Scores:
FSU has waived the GRE requirement for Spring 2021 & Fall 2021 applicants to all graduate programs due to the COVID pandemic.
It is recommended to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and GRE scores of at least 144 (Quant) and 153 (Verbal).  However, Applications from students with lower GPA and GRE scores may also be accepted to the program.

Statement of Purpose (1-1.5 pages, single spaced):

Please describe the following:

  1. What is your motivation for applying to this program? How does this program of study advance your career interests? What is your previous experience working with GIS, remote sensing, statistics, and computer programming?
  2. If relevant, feel free to discuss obstacles or hardships that you had to overcome in order to succeed, and how you surmounted these obstacles.

Letters of Recommendation:
Three letters of recommendation. The letters should be from faculty and/or employers familiar with your academic, research, or professional experience.  This may include but is not limited to education, work, volunteer, and/or internship experiences.

English Language Proficiency:
Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English OR who have not completed a Master’s Degree in an English speaking Country. Minimum scores required for admission can be found here.
*Applications are unable to be reviewed and will be cancelled if the minimum requirements are not met

  • SPEAK Test: Accepted international students seeking teaching assistantships who have not completed a Master’s in an English speaking country are required to pass the SPEAK test, regardless of their TOEFL score.

Employers of graduates include many private software companies, as well as state and federal institutions (Environmental Protection AgencyDepartment of TransportationFish & Wildlife Conservation CommissionWater Management DistrictsNational Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyCensus Bureau and US Geological Survey). Check out current jobs at GIS Jobs ClearinghouseGIS JobsMy GIS Jobs and Geography Jobs. Learn about data science jobs at DiscoverDataScience.

Admissions Deadlines
Spring 2021: Application is open. Deadline to apply is October 1st, 2020.
Fall 2021: Application is open. Deadline to apply is July 1st, 2021.

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