FAQs: Master of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Science (MAS-GIS)

Is my undergraduate major adequate preparation for a GIS degree?

There are no required undergraduate majors for the MAS-GIS students.  We have had students from a wide variety of undergraduate degrees and they have all done very well in the program.

What additional exams are required for non-English speaking students for admission to the MAS-GIS program?

Competitive applicants have achieved an average of 89 on the TOEFL. Please visit Graduate Admission English Proficiency for university requirements and more detailed information on demonstrating English proficiency, including waiver eligibility.

Is there a deadline to apply?

Complete applications will be reviewed for Fall admissions on a rolling basis as long as space is available in the program. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

What do you mean by a “Complete Application”?

A complete application includes all of the following items:

    • Graduate Admissions application form

    • Official transcripts

    • Official English proficiency scores (if required)

    • Personal statement

    • Two letters of recommendation

All items must be received by ASU Graduate Admissions in order for the application to be considered complete.

Is there a program fee?

Yes. The MAS-GIS program fee is $400 per credit hour. Visit ASU's Tuition Estimator to calculate complete program costs including tuition and fees. Please note that the Tuition Estimator on this site is based on enrolling in 18 credits per year; but completing the MAS-GIS program in a year requires taking 30 credits total. For an accurate estimate of your tuition and fees, scroll down to the "breakdown by credit hour" tables and examine the value associated with 12 hours in the fall and 12 hours in the spring.  Although there is no matrix for the summer session, note the tuition and fees for six hours in either the fall or spring table.  

What types of financial aid do you provide?

MAS-GIS are eligible to apply for need-based financial aid. Information on need-based financial aid (grants and loans) is available from Financial Aid.

Do you offer admission for the spring semester?

No. the MAS-GIS program is firmly structured and begins only in the Fall semester.

What is the minimum GPA you will accept?

Graduate Admissions requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. Occasionally we admit students with lower GPAs if they have significant professional experience, a strong statement of purpose, outstanding recommendations, or other extraordinary qualifications.

Whom should I ask to send letters of recommendation?

The primary purpose of the letters of recommendation is to help us to determine your ability to successfully complete the master’s program and your potential to make significant academic contributions. Applicants with extensive professional experience are likely to have letters from supervisors; applicants with less experience may have both of their letters from academic sources. Most importantly, your letters should be from references who know you well enough to say specific things about your abilities, accomplishments, and professional potential.

Are there any courses I should take to prepare for the MAS-GIS program?

You do not need to have taken any courses before entering the MAS-GIS program.  However, any experience you can gain learning about GIS and Esri’s ArcMap software might help you to feel more relaxed in the program.