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Master of Geographic Information Science and Technology

Master of Geographic Information Science and Technology

The Master of Geographic Information Science and Technology (MGIST) program at Ohio State is specifically designed for professionals who wish to advance their careers. This program includes 15 courses directly related to the GIS profession. To graduate, students need 33 credit hours, including a capstone to showcase their skills and knowledge. The fully online program provides students with flexibility that fits their own schedule. Students can also apply for the in-person program to experience the excellent vibes of the Columbus campus.

A total of 33 credit hours are required to complete the MGIST program.

Required core courses (4 courses, 12 hours):

Intermediate elective courses (choose 3 courses, 9 hours):

Advanced elective courses (choose 3 courses, 9 hours)

Required capstone project (3 hours):

  • GEOG 6299 GIS Capstone Project - 3 credit hours
  • For Spring start: December 1 (domestic applicants), November 15 (international)
  • For Autumn start: June 1 (domestic applicants), May 15 (international)

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The instructional fee for the 2023-24 academic year is $782.19 per credit hour. Students also need to pay a general fee of $29.88 and a student union fees of $9.30 per credit hour. 

Non-resident (out-of-state) students in the online MGIST program will have a flat-rate surcharge of $200 per semester/term. 

Non-resident (out-of-state) students in the in-person MGIST program will have a surcharge of $1,733.13 per credit hour per semester/term.

Per credit hour fee is not to exceed the total cost of 8 credit hours.

Please visit https://registrar.osu.edu/FeeTables/MainFeeTables.asp for updated details about tuition and fees.

For more information about financial aid, please visit https://online.osu.edu/future-students/financial-aid

For questions and information about the MGIST program, please contact:

Dr. Ningchuan Xiao, MGIST Director
Email: xiao.37@osu.edu
Office: 1160 Derby Hall

Ms. Joslyn Branham, Graduate Program Coordinator
Email: branham.118@osu.edu 
Office: 1036 Derby Hall