Master of Applied Geospatial Information Systems and Technologies

Geospatial @ UCLA's forthcoming fully online Master of Applied Geospatial Information Systems and Technology (MAGIST) graduate degree program is designed to serve the large number of students and professionals seeking a terminal degree in geographic information systems (GIS), mapping and geographic data science.

COMING FALL 2021 -- stay tuned for more information!

The curriculum will offer coursework that brings academic rigor to topics required for GIS professionals in business, engineering, planning, data and information management, as well as government and non-profit organizations.  With its emphasis upon spatial data analysis and computer programming techniques, the MAGIST program will prepare students for professional success in specialized and highly skilled positions within the GIS and geospatial technology industries.

Interested in applying to this program for Fall 2021 or beyond?  Enter your email address below, and we will be in touch as soon as more information is available.

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Is the program offered fully online, and will any campus presence be required?

A key feature of the MAGIST program is its fully online format. All instruction will be conducted online with primarily asynchronous (i.e., non-live communication) instructional design.  This program structure is designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, giving participants the freedom to review course content and complete required activities and coursework at convenient times.  In addition to the program’s asynchronous online courses, students will be afforded regular opportunities to meet with instructors and program administration on-campus, via online conferencing, and/or by phone.

What coursework is required for completion of the MAGIST degree?

MAGIST students will enroll in up to three four-unit courses per quarter (excluding Summer quarters), for a total of nine courses (36 units). Students will be able to complete the program in nine months (three academic quarters). Most students will begin the MAGIST program in the Fall quarter.

The MAGIST program consists of a set of seven required core courses (four units each) in addition to two required research methods and development courses (four units each). The gateway course to the program, Applied Geospatial Analysis and Visualization, is scheduled to be offered in Fall quarter each year.  After completing the gateway course, students will complete a sequence of required courses that emphasize geospatial analysis and research methods as well as computer programming techniques. A capstone project is the final requirement to complete the MAGIST degree.

What is required for admission?

While final admissions requirements are still being determined, the following requirements can serve as a guideline for prospective MAGIST students:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field, plus:
    • an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate certificate or minor in GIS or geospatial technology, OR;
    • at least five quarter courses (or three semester courses) of substantial upper division GIS or geospatial technology coursework, OR;
    • equivalent professional experience in geospatial technology;
  • A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 in upper division courses;
  • A written personal statement detailing relevant academic preparation or work experience that has prepared them for graduate study in GIS (a resume or CV can be used to supplement this statement), and;
  • Two letters of recommendation that emphasize the applicant's level of preparation for graduate study in geospatial technology.

Applications for admission will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.

What is the estimated program tuition?

Tuition for the MAGIST program is still being determined -- please sign up above if you would like to receive more information once available.