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Master of Applied Geospatial Information Systems and Technologies
The Master of Applied Geospatial Information Systems and Technologies (MAGIST) degree is a fully online professional STEM graduate degree program focused on training students to solve problems using GIS and location data.
The curriculum offers 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 prepares students for professional success in specialized and highly skilled positions within the GIS and geospatial technology industries.
UCLA’s Master of Geospatial Applied Information Systems and Technologies (MAGIST) is designed for individuals with educational or professional experience with geographic information systems (GIS) or allied technical fields. Ideally, applicants will possess some GIS work experience or the equivalent of an undergraduate or graduate-level certificate in GIS. Individuals who are interested in studying GIS at the entry level are encouraged to first enroll in the fully online GIS and Geospatial Techology certificate program, offered in partnership by the UCLA Department of Geography and UCLA Extension.
MAGIST applicants are NOT required to submit GRE scores.
Earn your STEM Degree Online
MAGIST is classified as a STEM degree program (CIP Code 45.0702: Geographic Information Systems and Cartography).
Online by design, backed by experience
Geospatial @ UCLA and the UCLA Department of Geography have an established track record of teaching geospatial technology courses fully online since 2013. MAGIST has been designed from its inception as a fully online degree program, and program courses will be taught by program faculty who collectively possess dozens of years of online education experience and expertise.
The UCLA online advantage includes:
A curriculum designed to be online: The online format of the UCLA MAGIST is NOT a response to COVID-19; rather, it has been several years in the making. From its inception, the MAGIST was designed to be a fully online program that integrates UCLA knowledge, expertise, and experience in geospatial technology, online education and training, and public and private partnerships created to leverage geospatial data and analysis.
State-of-the-art, cloud-based projects: Much of the work for the MAGIST degree will be completed in the cloud. No more confusing software installations. No more computer memory limits. No more worries about operating system versions. All you need are a browser and an internet connection.
Asynchronous coursework: You’re busy. We get it. The MAGIST is designed so you can complete the coursework on your own time. Bi-weekly (i.e., every other week) project deadlines give students the flexibility to choose when to do the work, and the project guidelines ensure success.
Technology grants: Funding that can be used to improve or offset the cost of technology required to complete the MAGIST (e.g., laptop grant, high speed internet grant) will be available.