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This combined program enables motivated and exceptional students to efficiently complete both the Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) and the thesis-based Master of Geoscience degrees in five years. This accelerated program is intended for highly motivated students with an interest in research.

Through this program, you'll learn about human geography, physical geography and human-environment interactions. You'll also develop rigorous and modern-day skills in GIST.

The Master of Geoscience portion of this program is designed to emulate the Geographic Information Science and Technology track of our professional Master of Geoscience degree. The graduate portion of this five-year program includes some online (distance education) courses.

Five-Year Program: Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology + Master of Science in Geography Program Requirements


This program will prepare you to succeed in the public sector, private industry or education. The thesis-based master's degree will also prepare you for careers in research, including doctoral programs in geography and other related disciplines.

Applying to the Program

You will need to submit your application to the combined program by June 15 after the completion of your junior year. Applications submitted after that time will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

You must identify a faculty member from geography who is willing to serve as the advisor and chair of the thesis committee.

You will receive both your bachelor's and master's degrees after you complete 150 credit hours and satisfy all master's requirements, including successfully defending your thesis.

If you are not admitted or wish to discontinue the graduate portion of the five-year program, you will earn your bachelor's degree in GIST after successfully completing 120 hours of coursework.