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Program in Geographic Information Systems Management

Salisbury, MD


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Salisbury University's Online M.S. in GIS Management

Salisbury University, A Maryland University of National Distinction, offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Geographic Information Systems Management. In an effort to meet a critical need in the U.S. economy for expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their deployment in both the private and public sectors, the Department of Geography and Geosciences developed this unique program that provides students with hands-on experience both with this cutting-edge technology and with the administration of GIS technology. The program is designed for non-profit, government, and business managers who are expecting to or are currently responsible for a GIS department, for GIS professionals who seek to shift into managerial positions, and for working professionals who would like to gain expertise in this fast-growing industry. The SU M.S. in GIS Management degree program is the only online program offered in the United States that specializes in GIS administration. Graduates of this program qualify for the education component of their certification as a Geographic Information Systems Professionals (GISPs). Students can choose to complete a full-time option within 1 year or pursue a part-time schedule that accommodates working professionals.

The M.S. in GIS Management Degree Program To Meet the Growing Need

SU launched the master's degree program in recognition of the increasing importance of GIS technology in well-informed decision-making about policies and the allocation of scarce government, business and non-profit resources. Public and private sector organizations are integrating GIS technology to support activities such as fire protection, transportation and logistics, land use, public health, and marketing. The demand for experienced GIS professionals in both technical and management positions has skyrocketed in recent years.

A Schedule Designed for Working Professionals

The master's degree program in GIS management is designed for working professionals. Full-time students complete the degree in 13 months of study, part-time students complete one class at a time over a 25 month period. All courses are offered online only.

The M.S. in GIS Management Degree Program Curriculum

The degree curriculum provides graduates with both hands-on experience working with GIS software and the managerial knowledge that enables them to make use of GIS software to benefit organizations. In addition to the 2 in-residence courses students take during the summer, students complete the following required courses: "Advanced Geographic Information Science," "Organizational Behavior," "Database Processing and Management;" "Managing GISystems;" "GISystems and Public Administration;" "GISystems Co-operative Experience;" and "Capstone GISystems Seminar." Students choose 3 electives as well that best suit their career goals. These electives include "Leadership in GIS Organizations;" "Project Management;" "Principles of Technology Management;" "Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation;" "Economics and Financial Analysis for Technology Managers;" "Organizational Performance Management;" and "Managing People in Technology-based Organizations." Some of the electives are offered at the University of Maryland, University College.

Graduate Achievements

Graduates of the M.S. in Geographic Information System Management degree program at Salisbury University have found jobs with businesses, non-profits, and governmental organizations including ICF International, Inc., Greenehorne and O'Mara, Inc., Analytical Graphics, Inc., Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Clay County (FL) Government, Geographic Information Services, Inc., Talbot County (MD) Government, the U.S. Coast Guard , and Vision Systems and Technology, Inc.

The M.S. in GIS Management Degree Program Benefits

Salisbury University is well-known for its top-rate GIS undergraduate program, provided by the Department of Geography and Geoscience. The department is collaborates with faculty from other areas on campus and entities including the Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) at SU and the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at SU, among others. The ESRGC employs both graduate and undergraduate students on its projects which, in the past decade, have totaled more than $5.6 million in grants and contracts. SU also collaborates with the University of Maryland, University College's Technology Management Program.

A Maryland University of National Distinction

A proud member of the University System of Maryland, Salisbury University offers 59 graduate and undergraduate programs. "U.S. News and World Report" consistently ranks Salisbury University among its Best Regional Universities in the North. "Kiplinger's Personal Finance" magazine and the "Princeton Review" have also recognized Salisbury University as among their top Best Values in Public Colleges. Located in Salisbury, along the historic Eastern Shore, the university's beautiful campus is 30 minutes from the Atlantic beaches and the Chesapeake Bay. While the program may be completely online, we encourage students to visit the campus at any time and meet the program faculty.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 5

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline August 1st August 1st Yes
Spring deadline December 1st December 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Three letters of recommendation; transcripts from colleges and universities attended; personal statement; resume

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino Not Reported
Black or African American Not Reported
White or Caucasian 94%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian Not Reported
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 5.88%
Unknown Not Reported


Male (64%)
Female (35%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 2
Part-time - 0


Focus of faculty research: GIS; parallel processing; LIDAR; environmental modeling; GIS management
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD  21801-6837
United States
Contact Dr. Stuart Hamilton
Graduate Program Director, Geographic Information Systems Management
Phone: 410-543-6456