Information Systems (GIS)

Doctorate in Geographic Information Systems

The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science (GGIS) at the University of Illinois offers a graduate program leading to both the Master's and Ph.D. degrees with specialization in Geographic Information Science (GIScience). The program emphasizes how digital geographic information is created, analyzed and used in examining economic, ecological, physical and social phenomena at a variety of spatial scales. Students can specialize in: (1) GIScience methods and theory in areas such as: geographic information systems, dynamic modeling, remote sensing, interregional modeling and spatial analysis; or (2) the application of GIScience methods in economic, health, urban, or environmental geography. For application information, contact:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science
Computing Applications Building
605 East Springfield Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61820


Revolutionary changes are taking place in how we process, analyze and model geographic information. The Geographic Information Science program examines the nature of digital geographic information, the tools and methods for analyzing and modeling such information, and the value of geographic information for understanding economic, environmental and social transformations at the local, regional, national and global scales. We emphasize methodological training in GIScience as the foundation for using geographic information to understand these changes and for developing innovative new tools to analyze and explore geographic information in the decades to come. Students also gain a critical awareness of the roles of geographic information and GIScience in society and the strengths and limitations of GIScience tools and technologies.

Program Emphases

GIScience methods and development

  1. dynamic systems modeling
  2. input-output analysis
  3. Cyber GIS
  4. parallel and distributed computing
  5. spatial data analysis

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Popular Q&A

Who invented the geographic information system?

Dr. Robert Tomlinson

What is Geographic Information System?

A computer application used to store, view, and analyze geographical information, especially maps.

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