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Graduate Programs

​​​​Build your future with the academic experiences offered through the CMU Department of Geography graduate programs:
  • Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences (M.S.)
  • Graduate Certificate in Data Mining (D.M.)

You'll have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills to meaningful research projects, work in world-class facilities and closely interact with distinguished professors.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit scores for the general GRE. To receive full consideration for financial support beginning in a fall semester, all application materials must be received in the Department of Geography no later than March 15. Applicants should allow approximately one month for materials submitted to the College of Graduate Studies to be processed and forwarded to the department.

Students entering the M.S. GISci program are required to have a sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of cartography, GIS, and remote sensing. It is also expected that M.S. GISci students have a basic knowledge of a computer language, calculus, and statistics as these are skills necessary to understand, manipulate, and develop the analytical methods and algorithms that are the foundations of advance training in Geographic Information Science. A minimum 3.0 GPA in the student’s undergraduate major is required.

Specific requirements for the M.S. in GISci

  • Computer Programming. One course in a current programming language (CMU equivalent: CPS 110 or CPS 180) with a minimum grade of B.
  • Statistics. One course in ​Statistics (CMU equivalent: STA 282 or STA 382).
  • Fundamental Courses in Geographic Information Sciences. At least one course in Cartography (CMU equivalent: GEO 203), one course in Introductory Geographic Information Systems (CMU equivalent: GEO 303), and one course in Introductory Remote Sensing (CMU equivalent: GEO 305). Minimum grade of B in each.

Application Information for M.S. in GISci

Applications for admission to any of the graduate programs in geography are available through the College of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Admissions
(989) 774-GRAD

College of Graduate Studies
Central Michigan University
Foust Hall 100
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Office of International Affairs
(989) 774-4308

Office of International Affairs
Central Michigan University
Ronan Hall 330
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

​​Geography Graduate Program Coordinator
Brian Becker
Dow Science Complex 292

Important Notes

  • Read all instructions carefully. Please note that the CMU MSGISci application is a self-managed application. There are two application forms: one for the Department of Geography and one for the College of Graduate Studies at CMU. You must complete both application forms.
  • All application materials must be returned to the College of Graduate Studies in the same envelope. In the lower left corner of your envelope, write the following:
    Program Name
  • Mail all materials together to:

    College of Graduate Studies
    Central Michigan University
    Foust Hall 100
    Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

  • Be sure to use enough postage!

Application Materials for U.S. Applicants

You must complete:

Application Materials for International Applicants

You must complete:

Application Information for the Accelerated M.S. in GISci

Students must have an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 and have completed a minimum of 86 credits towards a Bachelor's degree, including all University Program requirements (including transfer and/or AP credits) the semester that they apply for admission to the Accelerated M.S. program in Geographic Information Science.

Students must also satisfy all other requirements for regular admission to the M.S. program in Geographic Information Science to be eligible for the accelerated program, including the completion of GEO 203, 303 and 305, MTH 130, STA 382 and CPS 110 or 180.

During the fourth year, students will complete 12 credits of course work that will be counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The student is responsible for fulfilling all of the requirements of the undergraduate degree and, therefore, additional credits may need to be taken to complete the Bachelor of Science degree requirements during the fourth year.

Master of Science in Geographic Information Sciences (M.S.)

Minimum total for graduation: 33 hours

The M.S. program in Geographic Information Sciences (GISci) provides advanced course work and applied research in cartography, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing. Each student will complete a thesis or research project that applies GISci techniques to economic, environmental, or other issues that require spatial data processing and analysis. Graduates will develop skills that will qualify them for a variety of spatial data processing positions that make up a rapidly growing field in the information technology industry.

This program is available through a Plan A option (thesis) or Plan B option (non-thesis). Under Plan A, six credits of thesis work (GEO 798) is required. Under Plan B, three credits of a directed research project (GEO 797) is required. The thesis of the research project must apply GISci techniques to economic, environmental or other problems that require spatial data analysis.

Accelerated M.S. in Geographic Information Sciences

Undergraduate students majoring in Geography with a Concentration in Geographic Information Science can pursue a Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science while still fulfilling the requirements for their Bachelor's degree. The Accelerated Master's Degree Program (AMDP) allows students to reduce the total number of credits to complete their undergraduate and graduate level degrees by applying up to 12 credits (500 and 600 level courses) towards graduate requirements on both degree programs.

Graduate Certificate in Data Mining (D.M.)

Minimum Total for Graduation: 15-18 hours

The Data Mining Certificate Program is designed to give each student a comprehensive training of basic foundation, advanced knowledge and applications of data mining. The primary goal is to develop a high quality program and a creative learning environment that enables students to acquire advanced data mining knowledge and experience in real-world applications, team work and presentations that are essential in the workplace.

For additional information about the Data Mining Certificate Program, contact:

Dr. Carl Lee
Program Director

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