Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2023-2024 School of Graduate Studies Catalog

Geo-Information Science, Master of Science

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The Master of Science – Geo-Information Science is a multidisciplinary program of advanced study in geospatial geography, geology, and mathematics. The purpose of the program is to develop geo-scientists who are proficient in the acquisition, analysis, and use of spatial information. A highly integrated and applied curriculum provides innovation in utilizing spatial information for problem solving within the geo-sciences and allied fields. Strong emphasis is placed upon developing meaningful spatial information by employing proper data capture, analysis, and cartographic methods. Such knowledge is crucial to those professions using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and associated technologies.

Students matriculate through a 30-32 hour program that has a thesis or a non-thesis option. Throughout their coursework students are exposed to applied spatial problems generated from ongoing research initiatives centered at the College’s Digital Geography Laboratory (DGL).

Admission Requirements

Specific additional admission requirements.

  1. Those students who have successfully completed 3 courses of the Graduate Certificate in GIS program with a G.P.A. of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or greater in EACH CLASS can enter the MS program directly with approval of the graduate coordinator.


Bachelor degree in Geography or related field

Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM. You should meet regularly with the program coordinator to discuss your progress and revise your plan of study as needed.

All candidates must complete 30-32 credit hours of graduate course work (thesis or non-thesis capstone option).

Total Credits: 30-32

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