Geospatial Information Systems & Technology


The MBS track in GIS provides an in-depth, interdisciplinary examination on the emerging discipline of GIS&T, addressing such issues as the theoretical basis of the study of geospatial information, its diverse applications in science, government and commerce, and the societal/environmental implications of GIS technology. As part of the coursework, students will be exposed and be provided the opportunity to become technically proficient in a variety of geospatial technologies through hands-on instruction. The focus is on hands-on application of GIS. In addition, students gain exposure to business courses and business case development through the MBS business curriculum. 

Employment Opportunities

Many industries today rely on geographic information, this includes marketing, mobile app developing, environmental and government agencies.

Admissions Requirements

A science or related major is preferable. Calculus and Statistics is advisable, although students can take these courses while in the program The General GRE is required for admission.

Course Descriptions

Program Requirements

For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 8 courses (24 credits) in the sciences and 19 credits in business. In addition, students must attend 12 colloquium events to qualify for graduation. The business requirements include courses in finance & accounting, marketing, communication & leadership, capstone, ethics and electives. The business curriculum is listed here. The science courses for the Geospatial Information Systems concentration are given below.

I.  Business Courses

A total of 19 credits are required in the business curriculum. Six courses are required - all but one of the courses are for 3 credits each. Descriptions of the required Business Courses can be found here:

Principles of Communication and Professional Development (16:137:502) (3cr)

Principles of Accounting and Finance for Science and Technology (16:137:530) (3cr)

Market Assessment and Analysis for Business and Science - Life Sciences (16:137:507) (3cr)

Ethics in Science and Technology Management (16:137:500) (1cr)

Science and Technology Management Capstone (16:137:600) (3cr)

and 2 business electives - 6 credits (e.g., project management, supply chain, Intellectual property, etc.)

II.  Science Courses

The GIS Track consists of 3 required GIS courses, 1 application course, and 4 electives. Additional electives may be added to complement the core.

Core (Required) Courses

34:970:591 Introduction to GIS for Planning and Policy (3) or 16:550:545 Introduction to Geomatics (GIS) (Fall and Spring)

34:970:592 Topics in Geographic Information Science (3) (Fall)

16:450:615 Advanced Remote Sensing (3) (Spring)

Application Course: Please choose a course from: Database Systems/Mobile App or Environmental/Sustainability

Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Richard Lathrop

Dr. Lyna Wiggins

The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate  science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business.

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