Be part of a strong tradition. Meet your learning needs. Map your GIS career with UW–Madison.
Whether a GIS newbie or an experienced power user, you’ve come to the right place—the birthplace of American academic cartography! UW–Madison sits at the center of research and teaching in the map sciences. Our GIS Professional Programs continue a long tradition and offer multiple entry points to a lucrative career.
A growing field, GIS is applied in more ways than you might imagine. Geosciences and cartography—yes! But GIS is also used in journalism, sociology, ecology, public health, engineering, insurance, and urban design, to name just a few. Our programs open your career up to a world of possibilities.
Jump in at any point with curriculum that builds on itself and helps you construct your perfect profession. Some call this “stackable.” We call it customized lifelong learning. And, with hundreds of students and alumni around the globe in our growing GIS family, you’ll be among Badger friends no matter where you are.
Learn core competencies for your first GIS gig while keeping your job. Flexible and fully online, this 12-credit certificate can help you switch to the fast-growing GIS industry or apply spatial analysis to your current field of work. Get this certificate and dive in to your GIS career.
Ready to take your skills to the next level? Get advanced, customized GIS knowledge at your doorstep. Pick three upper-level courses. Perfect for updating your current GIS skills or learning something new. Want more? Transfer all 12 credits from this certificate into our master’s program.
We’ve been teaching this master’s degree for over a decade. Now, we’re offering it online. Learn programming, software development, and web map scripting. Leave with a project for your portfolio—no thesis required. Earn a degree of distinction from a world-renowned geography department.
Come study in historic Science Hall on the UW–Madison campus. Become a GIS rock star in as little as one year. This is all about competency building. Take core courses and electives relevant to your career goals. Get your distinguished degree without writing a thesis.