Graduate student measuring in the field

Our Department's GIS program is known within the State of Michigan for alumni success and our faculty mentoring, while offering funding opportunities. 

To attract talented graduate students to join our community of scholars at Central Michigan, we offer graduate assistantships and our applicants compete for College-wide fellowship opportunities. Tuition waivers and stipends for living expenses are available, as is on-campus employment using geospatial technologies. Besides the low cost of housing, Central Michigan now features in-state tuition to graduate students hailing from outside Michigan. 

Our alumni job placement rate is outstanding. We are proud of alumni accomplishments, ranging from management positions in county and state governments, to Project Managers at ESRI, to spatial decision making at private-sector firms across Michigan and across the country. 

Our students collaborate with faculty from across departments and colleges, creating innovative research projects connecting geospatial technology with ecology, health professions, cultural resource management, and the business school. Rooted in the intellectual traditions of geography, our students graduate being able to communicate across disciplines and methodologies - these experiences foster alumni to lead collaborations in business and government after graduation. 

Top-notch faculty mentorship means that graduate students and faculty work together to co-author numerous articles and compete for awards. In recent years, our graduate students have won awards such as the John I. Davidson's President's Award for Practical Papers from the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and awards from IMAGIN (Michigan statewide organization for spatial data professionals and careers). Our graduate students regularly receive department and university financial support to present at state and national conferences. 

Faculty mentorship also offers recent and future student experiences to Beijing, China, research opportunities at Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, and other fieldwork sites to apply skills learned in the classroom. 

You will find more information about program tracks using the links to the right. Please do not hesitate to contact the Program Director, Matthew Liesch, to arrange a tour of our facilities and equipment, to meet our current graduate students, and to meet our award-winning faculty.