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.
The Masters in GIS is an in-person program and is not currently offered online or in the evenings . Please click here for program requirements.
MS-GIS students are typically self-funded for all or most of the program, and no department funding is guaranteed. However, when departmental resources allow, we try to provide some form of financial support to our students. Please see below for additional information.
*For any type of funding support offered ALL students are responsible for paying their own University Fees. Click here for information on Tuition and Fees.
Partial in-state tuition waivers may be available to unfunded students when department resources allow. Partial in-state tuition waivers are normally decided a few weeks prior to the start of each semester; and are determined by the availability of department resources and the academic performance of the student in the program. Students will be informed by the department if they are receiving a partial in-state tuition waiver. International and out-of-state students will still be responsible for the out-of-state portion of tuition.
Departmental funding support may be provided to a small number of students in the form of a Teaching Assistantship each Fall or Spring semester; funding is per semester and is not automatically extended to future terms. Students will be informed if they have been selected for a funded Teaching Assistantship by the department a few weeks prior to each semester. These positions are determined based on the student’s academic performance in the program (e.g., GPA close to 4.0), educational and teaching credentials (such as holding a Master’s degree from an accredited university; prior TA experience), and the current teaching needs of the department. Students wishing to be considered for funding should highlight any prior teaching experience in their statement of purpose. For funded students, the current stipend is approximately $9,000 for one semester plus a 9 hour tuition waiver.
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.
Unofficial Transcripts are required for your application to be reviewed. Please submit ALL unofficial transcripts from each College and/or University attended. Unofficial Transcripts must be translated to English for review.
Official Transcripts are required for Admitted students and must be submitted prior to beginning classes. Please review information on submitting Official Transcripts HERE.
GRE Scores: FSU has waived the GRE requirement for Spring & Fall 2021 applicants 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:
- 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?
- 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. Minimum scores required for admission and additional information can be found here. Applications are unable to be reviewed and will be cancelled if the minimum requirements are not met.
- Exemptions: This requirement can be waived for students who have completed a Bachelors or Master’s Degree from a U.S. Institution or other Institution where English is the required language of Instruction. Exempt students who receive a teaching assistanship will still be required to take the Speak Exam, unless the citizenship is to a Native English Speaking country.
- SPEAK EXAM: The Geography Department requires ALL International students receiving appointments as Teaching Assistants to pass the SPEAK Exam. The Speak Exam evaluates the English-speaking ability of non-native speakers of English and is administered free of charge (First time) at Florida State University.
Employers of graduates include many private software companies, as well as state and federal institutions (Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Water Management Districts, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Census Bureau and US Geological Survey). Check out current jobs at GIS Jobs Clearinghouse, GIS Jobs, My GIS Jobs and Geography Jobs. Learn about data science jobs at DiscoverDataScience.
Spring 2021: Admission is now closed.
Fall 2021: Application is open. Deadline to apply is July 1st, 2021.