Department of Geographic Information Science

The Department of Geographic Information Science 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 support, the students gain substantial intellectual growth in an open 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 network and everlasting friendships.

Academic Programs

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

Redlands undergraduates who want to embark on their path to a GIS Masters can apply for our GIS Pathway Program

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. 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.


Program Highlights

One-on-one mentorship: each student works closely with a faculty member and an 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 support and consulting for our students; students have unlimited access to the training courses provided through Esri Training;

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

Current students and graduate students thoughts on GIS at Redlands

Contact Us

Phone: (909) 748-8128
Fax:      (909) 335-5388
University of Redlands
1200 E. Colton Avenue
P.O. Box 3080
Redlands, CA 92373-0999