The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science (GGIS) within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois is interested in working with industry partners on a wide range of opportunities.

The GGIS Department at the University of Illinois has been a home for pioneering research and excellent teaching for well over a century, with our graduates becoming leaders in both academia and industry. As one of the nation’s top public research universities, we have extensive resources, enabling our students to learn the skills needed to solve today’s problems. We are using those resources to expand that reach with the online master’s and graduate certificate programs in CyberGIS & Geospatial Data Science.

Most students in this program are non-traditional students already working in a professional role within the GIS or geospatial data fields. These students are looking to advance to a higher level within an organization as well as add to their skillset in the highly technical field that is ever-changing. Collaboration and interaction with other professionals are often noted by online students as a highly desired aspect of pursuing an advanced degree.

Engagement Opportunities

There are many opportunities for companies/organizations to engage with outstanding students and faculty from the CyberGIS & Geospatial Data Science online programs, while potentially recruiting some of the top students in their field. These include but are not limited to:

Please contact Online Programs Faculty Adviser, Dr. Anand Padmanabhan or SESE Online Program Coordinator, Heather Miller for more information on these opportunities.

Employee Education Opportunities

Many organizations understand the need to advance the education of their staff/teams and we would like to work with you! Opportunities exist for companies/organizations to send a cohort of existing employees through the graduate certificate or master’s degree programs (an agreement is executed) at a negotiated rate based upon the number of employees in the cohort. This would be another alternative to the employee reimbursement program your organization may already offer. Contact us for options and opportunities!

Corporate partners are also welcome to contact Tracy Parish, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in the College of LAS, to learn more about this type of experience for existing employees interested in going through the program