Geospatial Information Science and Technology

Research Master of Science (M.S.)

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Geospatial Information Science and Technology takes a step outside the classroom

Students learn to pinpoint important data that further their understanding of Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) right on our main campus. With the most up-to-date facilities, programs and data collectors, students research alongside expert faculty.  

Learn more than theoretical content; at UW you’ll step outside the classroom. 

What Is GIST?

The research MS in GIST program at UW gives you the opportunity to partner with one of our expert faculty for a deep dive into geospatial science and technology. The 32-credit program will help you build core knowledge and skills in order to conduct research that solves real problems.

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Faculty at UW have strong research skills in GIST. Their expertise benefits students in the Research M.S. in GIST program as they prepare for and complete their thesis work.

Dr. Shannon Albeke is a Senior Research Scientist who focuses on applied GIS. He teaches students to use open-source software and supports them with research efforts. Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai is a fellow Senior Research Scientist who used his image processing and analysis skills to in projects related to disaster response around the world.


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What Can You Do with a Research M.S. in GIST?

Geospatial scientists stand to enter a strong career path. The workforce is continuing to expand and make way for professionals with fresh minds and perspectives.


GIST Careers

  • Urbal Planner
  • Mapping technician
  • Pipelayer
  • Construction
  • Geographer


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Where Research M.S. in GIST Alumni Have Made a Difference:

  • State Parks
  • Wyoming Feographic Information Science Center
  • Wyoming Geological Survey
  • Energy Innovation Center
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Research GIST Program Highlights

Everything you need to complete UW’s intensive M.S. in GIST program is already on campus. All you have to do is get curious about geospatial research.

Facility Resources

Office space is provided on campus for Research M.S. students to utilize programs like QGIS. Field data collectors such as GPS receivers, hand-held spectrometers and unmanned aerial vehicles are available.

Experiential Opportunities

The thesis experience provides an intensive research opportunity for students to work with a faculty mentor to plan and execute a geospatial science project in collaboration with an expert.

Financial Support

Please contact for more information about graduate teaching and research assistantships.

UW Scholarships and Financial Aid administrators get students connected with possible scholarships and opportunities they might be eligible for.

Networking & Student Groups

There are multiple groups students can connect with. One great chance to expand your network is to be part of the Annual GIS Day. There is specialized training and time to meet people in many areas of GIST.

I was interested in WyGISC because I wanted to learn about how spatial science can be applied to other fields of study. Learning how to use spatial tools, handle data, and communicate findings were all things I knew WyGISC would teach me, and the flexibility of the graduate program has allowed me to apply these skills to my research.

- Tori Reams
Research M.S Student

Contact Us

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School of Computing


Department 4008, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 3077662532