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Requirements for Admission

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies, admission to the Master of Science degree program in GIS requires the following:

Unconditional Admission

1. Preparation: Applicants must hold a bachelor’s or higher degree in an appropriate field of study from an accredited institution or complete coursework that will meet this requirement as determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee.
2. Scholastic Achievement: Applicants must possess a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the last two years of undergraduate work and in all previous graduate work (if any).
3. Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources. At least one letter of recommendation must be provided by a faculty member from the applicant’s prior undergraduate or graduate program.
4. Personal Statement: Applicants should describe their interests in graduate school, reasons for interest into the UNA MS in GIS program, research interests, faculty they would like to work with and their long term plans.

Letters of Recommendation and Personal Statement will be submitted directly to the Department of Geography in care of the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Sunhui (Sunny) Sim.

Conditional Admission

A student may be conditionally admitted to the M.S. program in GIS if the Graduate Admissions Committee deems the undergraduate coursework insufficient, or if the applicant’s letters of recommendation have not been received by the Department of Geography. A student without sufficient prior coursework in geography may be required to enroll in undergraduate courses to meet prerequisites for graduate level work. The student must complete remedial coursework prior to completing 12 credit hours in the program. Applicants not meeting these requirements may still be considered if other evidence of potential academic achievement is presented.

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Geographers get jobs.


Graduates of our master's degree program go on to careers with private companies, government agencies, or pursue doctoral degrees at other universities. A recently hired student from our program testifies, "what you are learning in class is exactly what you'll be doing in a job." With a Master's of Science in GIS from UNA, you'll be highly qualified to pursue your career path: Solve complex environmental, urban, economic and business problems; Conduct independent research; Develop skills in critical thinking and writing; and Enter professions requiring knowledge of geospatial methods, analysis, and techniques.


Geographers Job OutlookSurprised to hear that geography is more than memorizing states and capitals or that an incredible array of career opportunities exist in the field of geography? Here is some data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows how lucrative the market is for geographers.

Alumni from the Department of Geography at UNA go on to big things...like CEO and founder of a GIS consulting group, Senior Vice President of a GIS consulting group, assistant professor of geography, urban planner of a local municipality, planning director of a local municipality, GIS specialist with an environmental group, state GPS sales representative with a state government, viticulturist with a wine producing company, offshore survey tech with an oil consulting group, and many others. Our program has a job placement rate of around 95% for our graduates.

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