Geographic Information Science

The GIS program at the University of Redlands offers you a personalized GIS education in beautiful Redlands, California, home to the world's leading GIS company, Esri. 

Our students include professionals currently employed in any field using geographic information and recent university graduates who would like to begin a career in a GIS-related field. With the balanced curriculum and strong technical supports, the students gain substantial intellectual growth in an opening learning environment. Many of our alumni are leading applications specialists, applications software developers, and project managers in various private and public organizations. The residential program also provides a great opportunity for building a strong professional networks and everlasting friendship.

Academic Programs

Choose the program that best fits your needs, from a one- or two-year Master of Science in GIS to a one-year Master of GIS. Both programs provide an unparalleled learning and growth opportunity. 


Program Overview

Both degree programs are designed for professionals or recent graduates who seek to enhance their existing academic foundations with a comprehensive understanding of geographic information science fundamentals and the use and application of GI technologies. Key program components include theory & analysis, technology, and practical applications. In addition to regular coursework, students also take a series of intensive 2 to 5-day hands-on training courses in the use of the ArcGIS suite of software products which are taught by Esri certified trainers; currently, 22 days of training are included in the program. A final Major Individual Project integrates and demonstrates students' newly attained knowledge and skills. Every summer our students meet GIS professionals from all of the world at the Esri User Conference and present their projects there.


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Program Highlights

One-on-one mentorship: each student works closely with a faculty member and a advisory committee;

Diverse community: our students and faculty come from over 20 different counties, each making distinct contributions;

Extensive resources: both Esri and the Center for Spatial Studies provide strong technical supports and consulting for our students;

Cutting-edge technologies: a wide range of GIS, image analysis, and cartographic design software is provided through virtual computing environment.

Current students and graduate students thoughts on GIS at Redlands