Applied GIS Program

  • Geographic Information System Map
  • Geographic Information System Multi Layer Map
  • Geographic Information System 3d Map
  • Geographic Information System 3d map with Mountains

Announcing an online Master’s degree in GIS for working professionals

Starting fall 2019 the department of Geography and Geology will offer a new track to their existing master’s degree in GIS. The department will start offering a completely online master’s degree in GIS. Geared toward individuals professionally employed in the geospatial industry for at least 2 -3 years, this non-thesis, 36 credit online program will include core courses in GIS fundamentals, spatial database design, GIS application development, cartographic visualization, advanced spatial analysis, and GIS ethics and practice. In addition, students will select from an array of electives, such as web and mobile applications, project management, image processing, data model builder, and applications-based courses.

Offered in a totally online model, students may complete the degree in 24 months. Students may be admitted to the program three times per year; Fall, Spring or Summer.

For more information contact:

Dr. Falguni Mukherjee 
Sam Houston State University
Department of Geography and Geology
Lee Drain Building, Room 325
1900 Ave I
Huntsville, TX 77341

Telephone: 936-294-1073
Fax: 936-294-4203

Department of Geography and Geology - Applied GIS Program

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, querying, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced data. Since its beginning, GIS has been used widely in fields such as land use planning, forest management, wildlife habitat analysis, and natural hazard assessment. In more recent years the range of GIS applications has broadened to many other fields including law enforcement, oil and gas industry, market analysis, facilities management, and transportation planning, etc.

Geographic Information System is an important component of what is known as the new geography or geotechnology. Demand for those with training and expertise in the new geography has experienced unprecedented growth in the recent decade and the U.S. Department of Labor notes that geotechnology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology are the three "most important emerging and evolving fields".

The Department of Geography and Geology offers a Master of Science (MS) degree and a graduate certificate in Applied GIS.

The Master of Science (MS) degree requires students to complete 36 credit hour of graduate course work. The program offers a mix of face-to-face classes and online classes. All face-to-face classes are offered at the Sam Houston State University remote campus located at The Woodlands Center on Hwy 242.