Become a
dynamic leader
in the field of
CyberGIS and
data science


Master's Degree

32 credit hours


12 credit hours

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Individual Courses

CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science is a diverse field that can lead to many different career paths. Our program will provide you with the advanced knowledge and critical skills needed to lead in the field. It’s customized for working professionals, allowing you to complete your degree in less than two years without interrupting your career.

Master’s Program

The M.S. in CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science is designed to meet the high demand for advanced expertise in areas such as geospatial artificial intelligence, geospatial visualization and visual analytics, data intensive computation using big geospatial data, geospatial data processing and analysis in Python and R, as well as fundamentals and principles of geographic information science and CyberGIS.  Learn more

Certificate Program

The CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science graduate-level certificate is a 12-credit program allowing a student to gain more skills in a growing field as well as obtain micro-credential that can be added to a resume and other social media applications. It also provides an ideal bridge into the 32-credit hour online master’s degree should students desire to continue on for an advanced graduate degree. Learn more

Program Tuition and Fees

The tuition rate for the 2023-2024 academic year is $740 (USD) per credit hour for both the certificate and master’s program courses. Rates in future academic years are subject to review by the Illinois Board of Trustees.  The rate is the same for in-state, out-of-state and international students.


Employment options for CyberGIS & Geospatial Data Science certificate and master’s degree graduates are numerous. Depending on your area of interest, graduates can choose rewarding careers in government, private industry, non-profit organizations, and educational services. Geography & GIScience graduates have successful careers in the public and private sectors, working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, and Geological Survey, and at companies such as American Airlines, ESRI, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and many others.

Industries and Applications

Example Job Titles

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"The faculty did a great job of putting student priorities first while exposing me to many different types of software, technology, and processes that are beneficial to me and my future career goals. It was also great to learn about innovative approaches to data science and this program helped me develop excellent problem-solving skills."
—Jake Dennison
Spring 2024 Master's Degree Graduate
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"The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is the birth place of cyberGIS and a global leader of geospatial data science education. Our online programs democratize tremendous educational opportunities for learning cutting-edge cyberGIS and geospatial data science to solve many real-world problems related to energy, globalization, health, sustainability, and water."
—Dr. Shaowen Wang