Jiangdong “Chuck” Liu is a current Illinois PSM student in the Geographic Information Science program. He earned his undergraduate degree in geography and geographic information science from the University of Illinois. Chuck is currently completing his internship at Urban GIS in Chicago. Upon graduation, he plans to provide GIS consulting services to businesses looking to enhance cite selection, supply chain management and finding ways to improve the quality of their products and services. Chuck praises the Illinois PSM for assisting him with career preparations and helping him compare various offers for his internship.
Geographic Information Science Degree Requirements
The M.S. degree in Geographic Information Science requires the completion of 42 semester hours as prescribed in the following four curricular components:
The program is designed to be completed in 16-months of full-time study on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Summer enrollment is required while completing the internship. A thesis is not required.
A student's curriculum will be developed with the major adviser and will vary depending upon his or her individual interests and career plans. A sample credit hour distribution is below, but individual student schedules may change depending upon curriculum and course schedule.
An internship is required in the summer following the first two semesters of study. In consultation with faculty advisers, each student finds an internship that meets his or her personal and professional career objectives. The internship requires the application of science and business knowledge and skills.
No coursework is taken during the internship. Summer enrollment is required in PSM 555.
Preparation and planning for the internship search should begin early in the first semester of study.
Seminars cover additional business content and professional development. Seminars also feature industry guests, covering a range of topics relevant to today's science and technology fields.
Participation in the industry seminar is required each semester of enrollment. Seminars meet weekly. All Illinois PSM students participate in the same seminar, providing learning opportunities across science disciplines and industries. In the fall term, third semester students present summaries of their internship experiences and mentor first-semester students in preparing for and securing internships.