NC State provides an outstanding opportunity for scholarship and training in Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) based in the theory and practice of geospatial analysis and GIS. Students can benefit from NC State’s world-class, interdisciplinary Graduate GIS Faculty, its extensive ties to industry and government, and the University’s traditional strengths in computational analytics and technology.
To meet the challenges of academic diversity and changing technologies, colleges and universities nation-wide are developing new courses of study related to geographic information science and systems. Some institutions offer degrees specifically in GIScience, focusing on foundations and theory of geographic technologies, while others integrate GIS into existing degree programs as an application tool or methodological approach drawing on theory from a particular discipline. NC State’s GIST program is multi-faceted and entirely interdisciplinary to meet both of these models.
The Center houses two interdisciplinary graduate degree programs, a graduate certificate, and two graduate minors. These programs have experienced exceptional growth, and demand on our introductory classes as supporting courses for other degree programs has been overwhelming. An interdisciplinary GIS Faculty spanning 8 Colleges and 19 Departments oversees all of these programs.
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Launched in Spring 2010, the Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology (MGIST) degree program was the first nationally-designated Professional Science Master’s Degree program in GIS. The MGIST degree can be completed as an online degree or on-campus and currently has 130+ majors. The MGIST degree program’s association with the national Professional Science Master’s Degree program affords students an exceptional opportunity to work directly with companies and agencies in hands-on projects and experiences.
The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science provides students with a recognized professional credential and a quick start into the profession. There are currently over 140 enrolled students. Students in the Graduate Certificate program can transfer directly into the MGIST degree program with full credit for courses taken (up to 12 credit hours) in the Graduate Certificate program.
Graduate Minors in Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Remote Sensing
The Master of Natural Resources – GIS Technical Option degree option is administered by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.