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M.S. in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment

Put the world’s most advanced geospatial technologies to good use

Clark’s STEM*-designated Master’s in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment (GISDE) is a joint program between Clark’s International Development, Community and Environment Department (IDCE) and Graduate School of Geography. In this unique program, students prepare to meet some of the world’s most pressing social, political and economic challenges by developing expertise in and applying geospatial technologies to:

  • Earth system information science
  • Land use change
  • Public health and environmental justice
  • Food security and humanitarian assistance
  • Conservation GIS

*Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Why Study Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment at Clark?

  • Study with faculty from our top-ranked Graduate School of Geography and renowned International Development, Community and Environment Department.
  • Take courses accessible to both GIS novices and people with prior GIS experience.
  • Choose from a research, practitioner or portfolio track.
  • Learn GIS programming skills for web mapping, automation, and advanced analytics by participating in the development of TerrSet (formerly IDRISI), the pioneering GIS and remote sensing software system developed by Clark Professor Ronald Eastman and Clark Labs.
  • Benefit from a dedicated desktop computer with remote sensing and GIS software for each student.
  • STEM-approved. Students who graduate with a STEM degree may be eligible to remain in the United States for up to 36 months on Optional Practical Training (OPT).