North Carolina State University

College of Natural Resources

Geospatial Information Science and Technology



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Online

Program Description:

The Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology degree (MGIST) prepares high end professionals to lead North Carolina and the nation in the development of new spatial modeling technologies and GIS applications in a wide variety of disciplines (economic development, disease, emergency planning and response, environmental resources, sustainable tourism, etc.). The degree is centered on NC State’s strengths in management of technology, computer engineering, and statistical analytics and builds on our successful Graduate Certificate in GIS. The program focuses on advanced skill development in computational modeling and management decision support and addresses the growing need for GIS developers, managers, and analysts. The National Council of Graduate Schools has designated the MGIST degree as part of its Professional Science Master’s program in recognition of the curricula’s innovative blend of science, technology, and management. The degree may be taken on campus or entirely online.


NC State is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. It is also a member of the American Council on Education, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Council of Graduate Schools, the National Commission on Accrediting and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. NC State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate's, baccalaureate, Master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of NC State University.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 30

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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