Master of Science (MS) in Geo-Information Science

Salem State has one of the preeminent geo-information science programs in Massachusetts and New England. Salem State was the first institution in the country to offer a master's degree in GIS and continues to be a leader in GIS education. In Salem State's GIS program, applications and technologies surrounding the acquisition, analysis and visualization of spatial data are studied. Anyone working with geographic or geospatial data (data linked to some location on the earth) may integrate GIS into their operations. Today, GIS plays a key role in many different occupations, including remote sensing, cartography, surveying, the earth sciences, computer science, criminal justice, statistics, business, and management. A wide array of public, private and non-profit organizations also use geo-spatial technologies.  

Graduates of our program can be found in all of the following occupations, along with many others:

  • Land use, urban and transportation planning
  • Natural resource management
  • Criminal justice
  • Infrastructure management (electricity, water, roads, etc.)
  • Environmental assessment
  • Homeland security
  • Business and marketing
  • Locational analysis

Program Highlights

  • Development of a wide variety of skills including GIS, remote sensing, ground survey, spatial database, GIS project management and more
  • Hands-on training in leading GIS and remote sensing software packages, including ArcGIS, AutoCAD MAP, ERDAS, IDRISI, MapInfo, and Surfer.
  • Use of the Salem State University Digital Geography Laboratory (DGL), a state-of-the-art 37-seat facility for GIS education and geospatial data collection, analysis, and display
  • Evening courses, designed for working professionals
  • Graduate assistantships and financial aid available
  • Graduate certificate in GIS is also available (credits earned applied toward the GIS master's degree)
  • Continuously rolling admission