Eligibility and Cost for GIST Online Programs

Choose the appropriate degree program to learn the eligibility and cost for GIST Online Programs:

Master of Geospatial Information Science & Technology

Eligibility

Admissions to the Master of Geospatial Information Science & Technology (MGIST) degree is based on an applicant’s undergraduate and post-graduate educational background and professional experience.  At a minimum, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of an undergraduate degree and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. We accept students from a variety of undergraduate degrees, if you are unsure if yours qualifies, please contact us.
  2. Preferred Skills in the areas of
  • Basic Geographic Information Systems
  • Introductory programming (in any language, but Python is taught in our program)
  • Introductory statistics

Generally an undergraduate course or 1 to 2 years of using these skills in the workplace are sufficient.  For applicants concerned about not having 1 or more of these skills in place at the time of admission, the program may recommend one or more courses to be completed during the first semester of enrollment (or students may consider taking courses as a non-degree student prior to admissions to gain these skills).  Please address these skills in your personal statement.

  1. Professional Experience is not required, but many of our students have had some experience in GIST outside the classroom. This can be highlighted in your resume/CV and personal statement uploaded as part of your application.
  2. Visit our apply now page for full application instructions and required materials.

Cost

Visit NC State’s Graduate Online and Distance Education Tuition rates page for detailed information about graduate tuition and fees. The total cost of your program will vary based on several factors, including residency status (in-state or out of state), program (distance education or on-campus), and the total credit hours you take.

 

Graduate Certificate in GIS

Eligibility

Prospective Students (Not Currently enrolled at NC State)

Admissions to the Graduate Certificate in GIS program is based on performance as an undergraduate in a related discipline and potential for success in graduate level GIS courses.  To be admitted into the program, at a minimum students must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum, cumulative gpa of 3.0.
  • Interest and/or experience in GIS and its applications

Please visit our apply page (link) for a detailed description of the application process and necessary materials that must be submitted with your application.

Current NC State Graduate Students

Graduate students in other disciplines across campus are eligible to pursue the GIS Certificate, as long as 18 credit hours (master’s) or 36 credit hours (PhD) remains unique to those programs. Students must submit the appropriate form to enroll in the certificate program. Visit our Apply page for full details.

NC State Undergraduates

If you are a NC State undergraduate interested in taking courses towards the GIS Certificate, you must first talk with your advisor and contact us.

Per the Graduate School Policy, undergraduate students who wish to enroll in graduate level courses (500 and above) may only transfer 6 credit hours into the Certificate program for courses not taken as part of another degree requirement. Therefore, to receive the GIS Certificate, current undergraduates can only take 6 credit hours of 500 level GIS courses before graduation. Upon graduation, the student must apply to the Graduate Certificate in GIS program through the Graduate School using the steps above to complete the remaining courses. The same course restrictions apply.

Cost

Visit NC State’s Graduate Online and Distance Education Tuition rates page for detailed information about graduate tuition and fees.  The total cost of your program will vary based on several factors, including residency status (in-state or out of state), program (distance education or on-campus), and the total credit hours you take.

 

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Apply by Oct 15 for Spring
  • Apply by April 15 for Fall

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