Geospatial Information Science and Technology - Online and Distance Education

Geospatial Information Science and Technology


About Us

Our Geospatial Information Science and Technology online degree programs are part of the larger geospatial community at NC State, housed within the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the College of Natural Resources. The Masters of Geospatial Information Science and Technology online program began in 2010, and has quickly become one of the top online GIS degree programs in the country, alongside being the first GIS program to be recognized by the National Professional Science Masters Association.

    GIS Program Highlights

    Highlights about the Geospatial Information Science and Technology online programs:

    • More than 250 students currently active in the Masters of Geospatial Information Science and Technology and Graduate Certificate programs
    • More than 200 alumni working across a variety of sectors, including government (local, state, national), non-profits, and private industry
    • More than 70% students from North Carolina
    • 13 lead faculty and 40 university GIST faculty covering 8 colleges and 12 departments
    • More than 12 GIS course offerings every semester
    • 75%  of students in the online programs
    • 95% students reporting job success within 6 months of graduation

    Center for Geospatial Analytics

    All of our online programs are administered through the Center for Geospatial Analytics, within the College of Natural Resources. The majority of our faculty are housed within the Center on the 5th Floor of Jordan Hall surrounding the state-of-the-art Geovisualization Laboratory.

    The Center serves as the interdisciplinary hub for education and research in the geospatial sciences at NC State. Please visit the Center’s website for more information.

    Experiential Learning

    The geospatial programs at NC State have been designed around the concept of experiential learning. We define GIST experiential learning as incorporating real-world experiences into the educational process both within and outside the classroom. We feel that these types of experiences are essential to developing high caliber geospatial professionals by providing real client-based interaction to complement the theoretical and practical applications being studied in our programs.

    There are several ways we accomplish this in our degree programs. All students in our MGIST program must complete a Capstone Project during their final semester in the program. This GIST experiential learning practice links students directly with community and industry partners to provide real-world solutions to an existing problem. Students in all of our programs also can apply to participate in the Industry Experience Program. This program is designed to provide our students with exclusive, long-term, internships in the geospatial industry with one of our partners to experience cutting-edge, real-world problem-solving to supplement their ongoing coursework in the degree program.

    Whether you are a prospective student, current student, or potential community and/or industry partner, follow the links below to learn more about the GIST experiential learning opportunities.