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 Admission 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
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher (internet-based test) OR International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score or 7.0 or higher for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement (please see the Application Information page for more details)

Applications will be accepted until June 1st for international students and July 1st for domestic students.

For additional information, application directions, or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact Shakil Kashem, major advisor for geographic information science, at or (217) 300-3404.

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