Student Profile

Hao Zhang
Class of '17

Hao is an upcoming graduate of the Geographic Information Science program. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Geographic Information Science from Beijing Institute of Technology in his home country of China. Hao worked for Gartner inside the University of Illinois Research Park, as a Web Development and Data Visualization Intern. He believes that one of the most beneficial aspects of the program is the Illinois PSM seminar because it "helps prepare you for interviews, teaches you proper business etiquette, and how to communicate professionally."

Geographic Information Science

Utilize cutting-edge geospatial technologies to market and provide real-time information to consumers and businesses with a Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science. Advance your career in just 18 months with no formal research and thesis.

Geospatial technologies, ranging from GPS-enabled devices and satellite remote sensing to combining data sets into a visual representation, are an integral part of our interconnected world and can be applied in a wide range of industries including agriculture, healthcare, energy, and transportation.

You will build flexible, cross-disciplinary expertise around a strong GIS core, drawing upon the University of Illinois’s renowned strengths in GIS, informatics, computer science, and related fields.

TAILOR YOUR DEGREE TO YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS

Work with your advisor, Dr. Kashem, to create a customized set of courses that match your interests and individual career goals.

Access courses and faculty performing industry-relevant research in

  • remote sensing
  • urban infrastructure and planning
  • digital cartography and map design
  • computer languages and programming
  • environmental health and more.

YOUR CAREER POSSIBILITIES

Apply your blended geographic information science and business education at companies that utilize GIS to enhance product sales, resource development, business efficiency, and service delivery.

Many business functions rely on geospatial technologies, including:

  • natural resource development
  • marketing analysis
  • site location analysis
  • environmental risk assessment
  • business intelligence operations
  • logistics, and more.

Geographic Information Science graduates have been employed at companies such as:

Corporate Logos: Google, Urban GIS, John Deere, Esri, State Farm, Gartner, CyberGIS, Chevron, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - Prairie Research Institute, Corteva Agriscience, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, University of Illinois and Toll Brothers.

GIS + BUSINESS SETS YOU APART

You will gain a firm foundation in GIS theory and applications while acquiring business knowledge and professional skills, skills you won’t get with a traditional master’s. The professional internship allows you to apply your technical and business knowledge in an industrial/organizational setting.

By the end of your program, you will be able to

  • articulate the data needs of a company, model and query databases
  • execute project plans within time and budget
  • understand and discuss regulatory policies
  • assess financial risks, statements, valuation, and capital budgets
  • design a comprehensive marketing strategy
  • examine organizational behavior, structures, effectiveness, and more!

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from a recognized institution abroad
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and for any graduate work
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for non-native speakers of English
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact Geographic Information Science major advisor Dr. Shakil Kashem at kashem1@illinois.edu; (217) 300 - 3404.

 
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