MA in Geography – Geographic Information Systems Map Out Your Future


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These days, we are surrounded by a wealth of data due to new technologies and software. In order for you to understand this data, software is needed to easily sift through the vast amount of information. The academic theory behind the development, use, and application of information gained from satellites, airplanes, and other land-based sensors is called geographic information systems (GIS). GIS software plays a key role in helping us understand and use geographical data. Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts (MA) in Geography – Geographic Information Systems can help you prepare to enter this industry that is projected to reach a global software market worth $25.5 billion by 2030.*

Through this online GIS degree, you can learn how geographic information systems are used by various industries such as defense, energy and utilities, automotive, and many more. Your courses will also cover how this software is used in mapping, surveying, navigation, and location-based services. More specifically, you can learn how to apply GIS principles to urban planning and to help with various stages of disaster management. This specialization can show you how geography and GIS affect so many industries that we use in our daily lives.

If you are ready to learn how you can utilize GIS to cut costs and make industry operations safer and more efficient, then Liberty’s MA in Geography – Geographic Information Systems is the perfect program for you.

*Allied Market Research, at Geographic Information System Software (GIS) Market Research, 2030 (viewed online Oct. 6, 2022). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to design an online MA in Geography – Geographic Information Systems that challenges you to grasp new concepts while respecting your personal commitments. Your responsibilities don’t stop when you embark on your educational journey, which is why our online geography degree is designed to fit your busy schedule.

Additionally, Liberty is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This means that Liberty has met high academic standards – and that a degree from Liberty can help you command respect in applicant pools. Partner with us for your online geography degree and take your career to new heights.

Our GIS master’s degree consists of 2 sections: core courses and GIS-related courses. Together, these sections can help establish a wide base of knowledge that can prepare you to use geographic information systems in a variety of ways that have far-reaching implications in a plethora of industries.

In this program, you will explore research methods that are commonly utilized in the field of geography. You can also gain an initial understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) and how these systems can be applied to real-world situations. Additionally, you’ll study historical geography, demography and populations, and economic geography – as well as how geography is instrumental in transportation and military operations.

The geographic information systems specialization will explore how we image the Earth’s surface from space or airborne vehicles. Knowing the history of remote sensing can help you understand the more recent approaches to this field. Additionally, you can learn how GIS is used to map the extent and severity of natural hazards. This can help you prepare for eventual disasters and equip you to mitigate these hazards. Using GIS technology in urban planning is another topic that will be addressed in this degree.

Geography and GIS are tied inextricably together, and this program is designed to offer you a deep understanding of the uses and implications of this vital software. Let Liberty be your guide as you navigate this exciting field.

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