The MAGIST Academic Experience

The UCLA Master of Applied Geospatial Information Systems and Technologies (MAGIST) prepares students to solve advanced problems using GIS and spatial data science.

MAGIST students will complete a curriculum consisting of:

  • Six quarter-length courses (28 units) focusing on spatial analysis, geospatial programming, data models, image analysis, and Web/cloud GIS

  •  A capstone project (8 units with required research methods seminar), optionally developed with an external partner/collaborator, designed to develop GIS problem-solving skills

Total: 36 quarter units

Pacing and Flexibility

The MAGIST program is designed to be flexible and to give students the freedom to learn following the pacing that works best for them.

MAGIST can be completed in as little as one academic year, or in as long as three years depending on how many courses a student wants to take concurrently.

The curriculum is thoughtfully paced and expertly structured, with all courses integrating asynchronous lectures and lab demonstrations that you can view on your own schedule with meaningful and engaging GIS and geospatial project work.

Course Planner

MAGIST students are free to enroll in one, two, or three courses in each term of enrollment.  Students are considered enrolled full-time if enrolled for two or more courses concurrently.  In the interest of ensuring maximum flexibility for student schedules, part-time and full-time enrollment are allowed for MAGIST students.

Completion of the MAGIST degrees require that students complete this complete curriculum, without any substitutions or alterations to the course requirements.  All courses carry four units of graduate credit.

Fall Quarters (September – December)

  • GEOG 401: Applied Spatial Data Science

  • GEOG 410: Geospatial Databases and Data Management

  • GEOG 411: Geospatial Imagery Analysis

Winter Quarters (January – March)

  • GEOG 412: Programming for Spatial Data Science I

  • GEOG 413: Applied Spatial Statistics

  • GEOG 498: Capstone I – Geospatial Research Methods

Spring Quarters (April – June)

  • GEOG 414: Programming for Spatial Data Science II

  • GEOG 415: Spatial Data Science Futures

  • GEOG 499: Capstone II – Geospatial Capstone Project

Students who wish to complete the MAGIST degree in one academic year would enroll following the above course planner.  Program courses will be offered following this consistent schedule every year to allow students to plan their timeline to completion.  Prospective students are encouraged to contact a program advisor to develop a personalized timeline for completion.

Please note: Course titles, pacing, and any descriptions of course content are subject to change.