Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

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Experience a Johns Hopkins Education in a Convenient Online Format

Geographic information systems (GIS) represent a technological breakthrough in organizing, displaying, and analyzing spatial information. These systems empower scientists, public officials, private organizations, and communities to make better decisions as they face complex demands on their resources.

Prepare to enter this rewarding field with the online MS in Geographic Information Systems program from Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division. Developed around a convenient, interactive platform, this program helps you master the geospatial technologies within this dynamic, evolving field. Study leading-edge concepts through courses taught by thought leaders and innovators experienced in data science and GIS. You will benefit from:

  • Coursework designed to integrate with your work and life obligations, providing a flexible opportunity to build GIS skills.
  • Innovative studies that prepare you to enter the GIS field or advance your career.
  • An up-to-date curriculum that empowers you to keep pace with evolving techniques and technologies within geospatial data science, spatial and predictive analytics, visualization, big data, and more.
  • Online coursework built around an intuitive, interactive platform, helping you explore real-world GIS concepts as part of a dynamic field that continues to advance.

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Earn a world-class GIS degree online with Johns Hopkins.

Customize Your Career Path

The master’s degree offers three focus areas in:

Organizations rely on innovative leaders to make their geospatial systems more powerful and efficient. In this focus area, you will explore emerging tools and apps used for remote sensing, mitigating emergencies, and designing spatial databases. Plus, acquire the technical acumen to plan, build, and sustain GIS infrastructure.

Select this focus area if you’re interested in using big data technologies to unlock new geospatial capabilities. The coursework explores advancements that are transforming the GIS field, including AI, machine learning, predictive modeling, and spatio-temporal statistics. You can also learn to apply geo-visualization techniques for analyzing massive GIS data sets.

This focus area lets you build on your passion for GIS and computer science. You will gain foundational knowledge of data structures, algorithms, and various programming languages behind GIS app development. What’s more, the coursework offers hands-on experience with Python and web development tools, preparing you to customize GIS systems.

Post-Bachelor’s Certificate

Engage in a highly innovative GIS education that teaches the latest trends in web GIS, geospatial data science, spatial and predictive analytics, programming, and application development. You will gain valuable experience in geospatial technology, learn to use web-based platforms, and study cloud computing environments. By earning this 5-course certificate, you will further your understanding of the digital transformation that is revolutionizing business, government, industries, and social organizations.

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