Building Image: 

Geographic Information Systems Technology (MS)

Degree or Minor: 
Graduate Degree
UA College: 
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Degree/Minor Description: 


Geographic Information Systems Technology (MS)  

Program Description

The Geographic Information Systems Technology (GIST) master’s degree and certificate provides training for those seeking employment in the high growing geospatial industry. We offer two GIST options.

  • MSGIST - Masters of Science in GIS Technology
    • (in-person or fully online offering)
  • PGIST Certificate - Professional GIS Technology Certificate
    • (fully online certificate)

Both options integrate GIScience, cutting-edge GISystems, and geospatial technology with management skills for use in government, corporate, nonprofit, and academic settings. The comprehensive curriculum is designed to meet the educational needs of working professionals seeking to improve their careers and for recent graduates seeking employment.


Download the GIST Brochure here


  • Is intended for students with either extensive or limited experience in GIST.
  • Meets in the evenings (Monday-Thursday) or online
  • Does not require a master's thesis or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Can be obtained in three semesters 

The University of Arizona is one of the premier public research universities in the world, ranked by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as one of the top research public universities in the United States and is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The 380-acre campus is located in central Tucson, an affordable and culturally vibrant city surrounded by the beautiful and dramatic Sonoran desert

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Geography and Development -

Graduate students in the School of Geography and Development (SGD) benefit from the broad range of faculty expertise and strong links to interdisciplinary research centers across campus. Our work spans the discipline, from physical geography (climate science, dendrochronology, remote sensing, spatial science), to human-environment (political ecology, water policy, climate change) to human geography (development, state theory). Our shared commitment to collaboration and community makes for a lively and engaged department.

SGD offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, two professional master’s degrees, and participates in several graduate certificate programs


College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  

Campuses where offered

Main Campus - Tucson UA Online