University of Washington

College of Arts and Sciences

Professional Master's Program in GIS for Sustainability Management



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS)

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is more than just map displays and data acquisition. It can be an integral part of a design process to develop sustainable solutions, which balance economic, social and environmental considerations, for the world's most challenging problems. The Professional Master's Program in Geographic Information Systems (PMPGIS) teaches students how to design a sustainable world with GIS. Learn how to model complex land, transportation and resource problems using geospatial technologies and sustainability management workflows. This unique program teaches you advanced spatial thinking skills and GIS techniques, and is the only program of its kind to offer a concentration in sustainability management. Designed for the working professional, PMPGIS offers most of its courses online. Part-time students complete their degree in two years (nine quarters). In summer courses, you will spend a short week of intensive study in Washington state's Puget Sound region developing project ideas and presentations. Because this program is primarily taught online by University of Washington faculty with a minimal on-campus requirement, international students and part-time students throughout the U.S. have an opportunity to study in a cutting-edge program at a top-ranked university.


The Department of Geography, through its normal degree granting processes, issues the Master's Degree in Geographic Information Systems.

International Student Requirements:

Because the Professional Master's Program in Geographic Information Systems is a combination of online and on-site study, students are required to attend classes on campus in the U.S. This program is part-time and intended for working professionals. Applicants expecting F-1 student status may not apply. Application deadlines for international applicants are the same as those for U.S. students. However, we recommend that international applicants submit their applications as soon as possible before the posted application deadlines to allow for transcript evaluation. Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Applicants whose native language is other than English must meet this requirement. No waivers of this English proficiency requirement may be given. See Memorandum #8 and English proficiency tests comparison tables for the university's policy.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 45

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 575 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 25875 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 25875 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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