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Welcome to GIS at Calvin University!

Distinct | Affordable - Classes Start Every Semester!

Let's face it, geography at Christian colleges and universities is lacking. Not at Calvin University. You can major or minor or do graduate work in geography and you can get the geospatial skills you need. Our GIS courses train students in foundations and advanced techniques in the state-of-the-art geospatial science. Students can take individual courses in GIS, complete the GIS Certificate Program or earn a Masters in GIScience. We do this as a Christian university with Christian faculty. 

You want GIS? You want drones? You want maps? You want to deepen your geospatial skills? You want to join our faith-based approach to geography? You've come to the right place.




The GIS Certificate gives students a thorough introduction to GIS, cartography, and remote sensing (including drones!). To earn the Certificate, students must complete the courses:

  • GEO 260 (4) or GEO 560 (4)
  • GEO 361 (4) or GEO 561 (4)
  • GEO 362 (4) or GEO 562 (4)

Student who complete the GIS Certificate will earn up to 12 hours of credit toward the Master in GISc Program. Leaving only 4 courses to complete to earn the Master's in GIScience at Calvin.


Calvin University is the only place you can get a Master in GIS online at a Christian university. If you are starting out new or looking for a career change, wrapping up your undergraduate at Calvin already and want more GIS, or you are just curious about computer cartography and mapping science, join us for graduate education at your pace, at your style.

  • Affordable | 30 Credit Hours @$660 per hour = $19,800
  • 100% Online | All courses are asynchronous and online
  • Scholarships Available | We award 4 to 8 scholarships per year at $3000 per student
  • Semester length courses | 16-week courses give you time to hone and master your GIS skills & knowledge

There are two pathways for students - those with the GIS Certificate and those without.

With GIS Certificate (only four more courses)

  • GIS Certificate completed
  • GEO 563 (4) SP (Spring)
  • GEO 564 (4) FA (Fall)
  • GEO 565 (5) FA
  • GEO 566 (5) SP

Without GIS Certificate (seven courses and can start any semester)

  • GEO 560 (4) FA/SP
  • GEO 561 (4) SP
  • GEO 562 (4) FA
  • GEO 563 (4) SP
  • GEO 564 (4) FA
  • GEO 565 (5) FA
  • GEO 566 (5) SP


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