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Master of Business Administration in Geographic Information Systems Online

This master’s degree gives you the invaluable ability to bridge communication, expectation and implementation between business, logistic and technical professionals.

02/24/23 Next Application Due Date
03/13/23 Next Class Start Date


What our Geographic Information Systems Master’s Degree Offers You

$12,300 Total Tuition
As few as 12-18 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

The MBA in Geographic Information Systems program from Northwest Missouri State University is a top choice for multi-talented individuals. This GIS program helps you expand your acumen as a consultant, business leader, data gatherer and analyzer. MBA core coursework places emphasis on developing management expertise through relevant, real-world applications.

This affordable GIS program gives you the opportunity to choose courses that focus on your areas of interest and career goals. After completing a foundational course that incorporates a rigorous study of vector and raster data models and crucial GIS operations, you will choose from electives that examine cartography, spatial analytics, geostatistics and real-world case studies that will help you implement GIS solutions.

As a graduate, you will be prepared as a business leader who can navigate computer systems to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present spatial or geographical data and apply best practices and critical thinking in data visualization, decision-making, map creation and location analytics.

ACBSP accredited online

The business programs at Northwest Missouri State University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For more information about ACBSP accreditation, visit

MBA in Geographic Information Systems career opportunities include:

  • Logistics Manager
  • General Manager
  • Business Operations Director
  • COO

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Tuition and Fees

Our Geographic Information Systems Degree Tuition is Pay-by-the-Course

Our MBA in Geographic Information Systems online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$400 Per Credit Hour
$12,300 Program Tuition*

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MBA in GIS $400 $1,200 $12,300*

Important Refund Information

2nd day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
6th day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
8th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

Required Fees:

Required fee per course: $30
Total required fees: $300

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current amounts are based on 2020-21 tuition rates. Textbooks and laptops are not included with tuition.

According to Emsi Burning Glass, job growth for logistics and business operations professionals is at least 7% over the next 10 years.


Northwest Online Dates and Deadlines

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

02/24/23 Next Application Due Date
03/13/23 Next Class Start Date

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 1 01/11/23 01/03/23 01/03/23 01/04/23 01/06/23 03/03/23
Spring 2 03/13/23 02/24/23 03/01/23 03/07/23 03/08/23 04/28/23
Summer 1 05/09/23 04/25/23 04/28/23 05/02/23 05/04/23 06/23/23
Summer 2 06/26/23 06/09/23 06/14/23 06/16/23 06/21/23 08/11/23
Fall 1 08/21/23 08/07/23 08/10/23 08/14/23 08/16/23 10/06/23
Fall 2 10/16/23 10/02/23 10/05/23 10/09/23 10/11/23 12/01/23

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Follow Our Streamlined Admission Requirements

At Northwest, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the MBA in Geographic Information Systems online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Resume detailing professional experience
3 years of work experience or acceptable GMAT/GRE score

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Required Documentation

To apply to the MBA in Geographic Information Systems program without submission of a GMAT or GRE score, you must submit an official bachelor's degree* with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited university plus one of the following:

  • A resume including three years of continuous, full-time professional work experience
  • A resume including three years of continuous, full-time United States enlisted or commissioned military service
  • 3.5 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Graduate degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • A score in the 70th percentile or above on the Business Major Field Test

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may apply if you have a bachelor's degree* with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited university plus one of the following:

  • A GMAT score of 440 or above
  • A GRE score of 285 or above
  • 3.5 overall undergraduate GPA
  • An admission index of 1,100 (undergraduate GPA x 200 + GMAT)
  • An admission index of 965 (undergraduate GPA x 200 + GRE)

*Applicants to the MBA program who do not have a bachelor's degree in business are required to successfully complete the MBA Business Foundation course as your first class, which is designed specifically for students who are new to business curriculum.

Official transcript(s) can be emailed to: [email protected]. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Look at the Online Geographic Information Systems MBA Degree Curriculum

For the MBA in Geographic Information Systems online, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 24 hours of core courses and 6 hours of geographic information system concentration courses.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the accounting concepts that are useful in making managerial decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Managerial Economics is the application of economic analysis to managerial decision making. The course applies basic economic theory to day-to-day business decisions and long-run strategy and explores how economics affects the firm and the external environment in which the firm operates. Topics include: economic models, supply and demand theory, elasticity, regression analysis, firm and consumer behavior, production functions, cost analysis, forecasting, and firm organization and structure.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course includes financial statement analysis, financial planning, capital budgeting, and valuation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The application of mathematical and statistical methods to business decision-making in the various fields of business. Topics cover a number of subjects, including quality management, linear programming and queuing problems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A consideration of various behavioral concepts which are found in organizational settings and which have implications for management personnel. Emphasis is on practical application of various topics such as teamwork, leadership, motivation, organizational change and development.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of contemporary business practices utilized by successful organizations. Emphasis is placed on understanding current issues faced by senior management. Can be taken only during the last trimester of enrollment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of contemporary marketing practices built around the strategic marketing process. The central focus is on becoming a customer-focused organization. Areas such as understanding customer satisfaction and customer value, as well as delivery and applied measurement issues, are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

GIS is a powerful technology for managing and analyzing geographic data. This course provides students with the conceptual background for a rigorous study of fundamental GIS principles, including the nature of spatial data, vector and raster data models, and key GIS analysis operations. It provides a strong foundation for advanced courses or work in GIS.

Complete two of the following specialized courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A cartography course that introduces fundamental cartographic theory and emphasizes effective visual thinking and visual communication with Geographic Information Systems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to make the student familiar with the analysis and statistical tools used by geographers. Covers the fundamental aspects of geostatistics that are used in research and business environments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course helps students develop a comprehensive and systematic understanding of spatial analysis methods and learn practical skills in using GIS and spatial analysis to discover features of spatial distributions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Addresses the applications and latest trends in Geographic Information Science and provides a framework and theoretical concepts for understanding spatial problems along with real-world case studies to implement GIS solutions.

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