Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies

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Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • An overall grade-point average of 3.0 calculated from the applicant’s final 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
  • Completion of a one-year GIS certification program or one year experience working with GIS is a prerequisite to pursue graduate study. Equivalent coursework or experience will be considered upon request.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé/CV
  • Unofficial transcripts from any institution where a degree was obtained to include 90 graded quarter or 60 graded semester credits. Transcripts with post-degree credits may also be submitted. If admitted, an official baccalaureate transcript will be requested by the Graduate School.
  • Applicants holding Permanent Residence Status and an international baccalaureate degree (or higher) must submit scores for the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores are 580 (paper-based), 237 (computerized TOEFLC), 92 (Internet-based TOEFLIBT). See UW Graduate School Memo #8 for details related to English proficiency.
  • Applicants with transcripts in a language other than English must apply by March 15 (or priority deadline, if earlier) for autumn quarter admissions to allow extra time for transcript evaluation. These transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation when submitted.

Prerequisites

In addition to a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, completion of a one-year GIS certification program or one year experience working with GIS is a prerequisite to pursue graduate study. Equivalent coursework or experience will be considered upon request. Students currently enrolled in the UW Tacoma Urban Studies GIS Certificate Program may apply, but all prerequisites must be completed before the start of the program.

Admission Process

Applicants must simultaneously be admitted to the UW Tacoma MS in Geospatial Technologies program and to the Graduate School of the University of Washington. Application information is available on program website at http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/urban-studies/ms-program-overview. Applications must be submitted in time to meet the Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies deadline listed on the website, as this supersedes the Graduate School admissions deadline. The Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies program admits students for autumn quarter only. Admission is competitive.