The MS in Information Systems & Technology with a concentration in GIS Solutions Development uses industry-oriented, design-centric curriculum to teach you GIS applications being used to solve real-world issues around the world.

The concentration in GIS Solutions Development prepares you for a successful career creating transformative GIS solutions for a range of corporations, institutions, and organizations. Rather than simply using these applications, you will be taught the skills to design them: spatial analysis, geodatabase design, and the creation of intelligent map applications. You’ll undertake collaborative, hands-on research with distinguished faculty-scholars and active practitioners in the field, scholarship that will prepare you to become an innovator in the field of GIS technology.

Program Highlights
  • Designated inaugural Esri Development Center (EDC)
  • Located 30 miles from Esri Headquarters (Redlands, California) and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (near Pasadena, California)
  • Established Advanced GIS Lab, aimed at stimulating student initiated GIS analysis, research, and solutions through corporate partnerships
  • Hands-on practicum projects in transdisciplinary labs, including:
    • Humanitarian Trends
    • SafeRoadMaps
  • Annually hosts GIS Day to engage students across different disciplines in the various applications of geospatial data
  • This program is STEM designated, allowing international students who hold F-1 visas to apply for OPT work authorizations for a total of 36 months (an initial 1-year period and a 24-month OPT STEM extension) of paid work experience in the U.S. after graduation.

Program At a Glance

36 units

Full-time: 1–1.5 years
Part-time: 1.5–3 years

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring

MS in Information Systems & Technology

Featured Courses

IST 370
Introduction to GIS Analytics and Solution Development

Provides an overview of the theoretical foundations and the applied use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the principles, and fundamental concepts.

IST 371
Introduction to GIS Solution Development

Introduces the design and development of basic GIS applications and systems in which you demonstrate your mastery of basic GIS solution development practices.

IST 372
Advanced GIS Analytics & Solution Development

Focuses on advanced GIS analysis and the development of advanced GIS solutions and builds advanced analytic and technical skills to meet organizational and end-user needs.

IST 373
GIS Practicum

Provides an opportunity to design, develop, and implement a GIS-based solution or apply an analytic technique to a research-based or industry- or organization-defined problem

IST 374
Advanced GIS Practicum

Examines a number of the enabling technologies and application domains that are driving changes in the collection, management, analysis, and visualization of geospatial data.

IST 375
Drones, UAVs & Satellites

Students collect and process various types of imagery captured by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and perform analysis in a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using DigitalGlobe and Terra Bella.

Capstone Project

Your GIS capstone course enables you to apply the knowledge you have learned in the program in a hands-on, project-oriented environment—professional experience critical for entering the GIS field. Capstone projects are supported and encouraged by CISAT faculty members, who connect students with industry partners offering internship opportunities.


The Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT) at CGU participates in industry and academic partnerships designed to create internships, collaborations, practicum courses, and other opportunities. These include:

Claremont Graduate University’s comprehensive partnership with Esri, the world’s leading supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, offers numerous benefits, including:

Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance
CISAT is also a Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance Member, which gives our students and researchers access to the latest technologies for use in classroom assignments and projects.

IBM Watson Analytics Academic Program
To ensure students work with leading data analytics technologies, CISAT is part of the Watson Analytics Academic Program (WAP), which provides no-cost use of IBM® Watson Analytics software for classroom teaching and research.

Faculty & Research

  • Samir Chatterjee profile image

    Samir Chatterjee

    Fletcher Jones Chair of Technology Design & Management

    Research Interests

    Design science research, Health informatics, Electronics and telecommunication engineering

  • Terry Ryan profile image

    Terry Ryan

    Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Management information systems, Programming, Software development, Research methods, Statistics

  • Yan Li profile image

    Yan Li

    Associate Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Data science, Data mining, Analytics, Semantic technologies, Databases, Data warehousing, Business intelligence, ICT4D

  • Tamir Bechor profile image

    Tamir Bechor

    Research Fellow

    Research Interests

    Cybersecurity, IT leadership and management

  • Brian Hilton profile image

    Brian Hilton

    Clinical Full Professor

    Research Interests

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Management Information Systems (MIS), GIS solution development, Data analytics

  • Chinazunwa Uwaoma profile image

    Chinazunwa Uwaoma

    Research Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Internet of Things, Mobile Computing, Computer Communications & Networks, Healthcare Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Security

  • Wallace Chipidza profile image

    Wallace Chipidza

    Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Dynamics of social networks, Quantum Computing and Applications, Internet Privacy, ICT4D

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Brittany Galvez

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-6728