Master’s in Geographic Information Systems Programs in the United States: Professional Education in GIS and Geography

Christopher L Lukinbeal, Janice J. Monk

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Abstract

This article examines the rise of master's degree programs in geographic information systems (MGIS) in the United States. We reviewed MGIS program Web sites and conducted thirteen in-depth interviews with program directors. Results show the range and complexity of programs in terms of mode of delivery, staffing, and engagement with the geospatial industry. The diversity of MGIS programs, their differences from traditional master's programs, and their focus on professional education all point toward a new style of degree program that challenges us to think differently about the future of graduate education in geography and GIS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-489
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Geographer
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

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Keywords

  • GIS education
  • GIS&T
  • master's degree
  • master's in GIS
  • professional education

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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Master’s in Geographic Information Systems Programs in the United States : Professional Education in GIS and Geography. / Lukinbeal, Christopher L; Monk, Janice J.

In: Professional Geographer, Vol. 67, No. 3, 03.07.2015, p. 482-489.

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