Gain cutting-edge knowledge in GIS programming, software development, and web mapping for the 21st century.

Is this program right for you?

The UW–Madison GIS and Web Map Programming Professional Masters is a new program created to meet the growing demand for individuals skilled in GIS software development and online map programming/web mapping.


If you are a working professional who learned GIS before the growth of GIS software development and online map programming, this program is right for you. Currently GIS education is not keeping up with the field’s rapidly changing technology. Our new program allows working professionals and international students working in fields ranging from geography, engineering, health care, data journalism and natural and social sciences to advance their education, keep pace with technology and learn new tools and techniques for web mapping and GIS application support.


Our fully online global program offers working professionals and international students an online experience that includes the world-renown expertise, support and network of UW–Madison. Our highly personalized and interactive program includes guest speakers, group projects, community engagement and networking. The program is designed for full time students and working professionals and allows you to customize the program to fit your life. A life-long learning component allows you to keep pace with changes in software and technology, even after you have earned your degree.


What you Learn

  • Use GIS tools and techniques to identify and analyze real world problems
  • Develop GIS programming tools that are user-centered and cyber-enabled/mobile to solve problems
  • Visualize and communicate complex geospatial problems and solutions

Where & How you learn


  • Online


  • Attend courses virtually, alongside peers from around the world
  • Complete required courses as your schedule and timeline allow
  • Capstone course and practicum may be taken concurrently

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All applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent credential from an accredited college or university, with a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580 (written), 243 (computer-based test), or 92 (Internet version). Submit your separate scores on the “Writing” and “Reading” sections of the test. If you score high enough in these two areas, you will still be considered for enrollment.
  • Submit 1 to 2 Letters of Recommendation from professional and/or academic contacts
  • Provide a statement of interest in the program

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