Graduate student opportunities in GIScience at the University of Minnesota


Graduate student opportunities in GIScience in the Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota

NOW RECRUITING MGIS, MA AND PHD STUDENTS

The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota invites students to apply for MA and PhD positions in Geography with a specialization in Geographic Information Science (GIScience). The department also offers a two-year professional Masters of GIS (MGIS).

The department offers all MA or PhD students a very competitive funding package that will cover a standard progression of four to five years for the PhD. The application deadline is December 15, 2017 for admission in fall 2018. The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota has long been a center of innovative work in Geographic Information Science. We have made several recent hires and now have eight full-time faculty/staff members who provide breadth and depth in GIScience concepts and practice.

  • Somayeh Dodge: movement analytics and modeling, advanced visualization.
  • Kathryn Grace: quantitative/mixed methods in health and population geography
  • Mark Lindberg: cartography, quantitative analysis, and computation
  • Steven Manson: big data and spatial modeling of complex human-environment systems
  • Robert McMaster: cartography, generalization, and GIS and society
  • Susanna McMaster: professional GIS education, cartography, and spatial analysis
  • Eric Shook: big data, high performance computing, health, and population
  • Ying Song: spatial analysis and visualization of movement, human mobility and transportation

Graduate students have many opportunities to work with community experts who offer hand-ons classes in topics including programming, web mapping, spatial databases, and surveying. You can find more information about GIScience in the department at http://spatial.umn.edu/. More broadly, the University of Minnesota has deep expertise in all matters spatial, with over a hundred faculty working in spatial science and hundreds more working in spatial areas. See http://uspatial.umn.edu/ for more information on the many people, labs, and projects working in GIScience.

The Department of Geography, Society, and Environment at the University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and includes scholars working in GIScience, urban geography, globalization and development, nature-society studies, regional geography, climatology, paleoclimatology, and biogeography. The University of Minnesota is a world-class university that offers students access to a wide array of faculty and departments. The metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul has a population of over three million people and supports thriving arts and cultural communities.

For questions about faculty interests and topical areas, see http://spatial.umn.edu/. Information on applying is found at https://cla.umn.edu/geography/graduate. The professional MGIS program has information on applying at http://cla.umn.edu/mgis. For questions about the MA/PhD application process, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Sara Braun (geog@umn.edu, +1 612 625-6080). Questions about the MGIS program should be directed to Susanna McMaster (mcmas002@umn.edu).


Eric Shook
Vice Chair for Education, UCGIS
Domain Champion for GIS, XSEDE
Section Editor, ‘Computing Platforms’ Knowledge Area, UCGIS Body of Knowledge
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Environment, and Society
University of Minnesota
eshook@umn.edu