Professional Science Master's in Geography

Looking for a career that combines cutting-edge geospatial technologies with business management? Consider the STEM-designated Illinois Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program in Geographic Information Science (GIS). Geospatial technologies, ranging from GPS-enabled devices to satellite systems and imagery are an integral part of our interconnected world, and are applied in a wide range of industries including agriculture, healthcare, energy, and transportation.

PSM graduate students in GIS build a flexible, cross-disciplinary expertise around a strong GIS core, drawing upon the University of Illinois’s renowned strengths in GIS, informatics, computer science, and related fields. PSM students will gain a firm foundation in GIS theory and applications, while acquiring business knowledge and professional skills. Additionally, the professional internship provides students with opportunities to apply their technical and business knowledge in an industrial/organizational setting.

Graduates will be prepared to apply their blended science and business education at companies that utilize GIS to enhance product sales, resource development, business efficiency, and service delivery. Many business functions rely on geospatial technologies, including:

  • Marketing Analysis
  • Site Location Analysis
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Business Intelligence Operations
  • Logistics

A Professional Master’s of Science Degree in Geography can be completed in 18 months of full-time study on the Urbana-Champaign campus, including required summer enrollment to complete the internship. A thesis is not required. APPLY HERE

Effective for the Fall 2020 admission cycle, our Admissions committee will no longer consider Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores when evaluating applicants to our graduate degree programs.

For more information, please contact our advisor:
Dr. Shakil Kashem
Room 2072 Natural History Building
1301 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-3404

For general questions about the Professional Science Master's degree program, please contact their office at:
204 Coble Hall
801 S Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 265-5363