Elmhurst College

Graduate Studies

Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

Format: Online

Program Description:

Geospatial technologies affect almost every aspect of life, from navigating an unfamiliar neighborhood to tracking patterns of diseases in populations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, geospatial technologies is one of the three high-growth industries of the 21st century. That translates into big opportunity—and with an Elmhurst M.S. in GIS, you’ll be well-prepared to meet it.

Worried about the technology requirements? No need to. As a student at Elmhurst College, you have free access to a virtual machine environment from any computer with an internet connection. This gives you high-end processing power from a regular computer.

Elmhurst students hit the ground running. By the time you graduate, you’ll have completed an internship in the geospatial industry. Your Elmhurst credential tells employers you’ll be able to contribute, starting day one.

You’ll thrive in a career in urban planning, law enforcement, national defense, health care, environmental protection and more. There are more than 70 careers related to geospatial technologies. Put your career on the map!

Elmhurst faculty aren’t just experts in their fields—they’re dedicated to expanding your reach, authentic GIS tools, connections to GIS professionals, and hands-on activities to lead to better skills and understanding.

Program Format

  • Online
  • Part-time
  • Weekly modules with live webinars and discussion boards
  • Completed in two years


Elmhurst College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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