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Masters (MS) in Digital Mapping

Become an expert in gathering data and showcasing it through visual representations in this online program.

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At a Glance

Fall 2024

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Spring 2025

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Credits and Tuition Cost (2024-2025)

Credits Required: 30
Cost Per Credit: $791.50


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Admissions to the MS in Digital Mapping program is temporarily paused, and we will not be admitting students during the 2024-25 academic year.

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Masters in Digital Mapping overview

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What You'll Learn


Learn advanced techniques for creating, analyzing, and visualizing digital maps using cutting-edge geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Gain expertise in spatial data analysis, remote sensing, and geospatial database management to solve complex real-world problems related to urban planning, environmental management, and disaster response. Develop proficiency in cartographic design and interactive mapping to communicate spatial information effectively in various applications, from web-based mapping platforms to mobile apps.

Focus Areas

  • Geospatial analysis
  • Geographic Information Science (GIS) principles using open source applications like QGIS and integrate these with open database protocols such as PostGreSQL/PostGIS and SQLite
  • Interactive coding environments, such as Jupyter and techniques of exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) using the Python programming language to process geographical information
  • Produce interactive and static maps and data-driven visualizations using JavaScript libraries such as Leaflet, D3.js, and Mapbox GL JS
  • Work in distributed and collaborative software environments using industry standard best practices such as Git and GitHub
  • Build an online portfolio of interactive maps and visualizations and share code documentation written in Markdown with colleagues and potential employers

Course Examples

  • MAP 674 Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization
  • MAP 675 Collaborative Geovizualization
  • MAP 701 History of Critical Cartography
  • MAP 719 Social Impacts of New Mapping
  • MAP 698 Final Project Preparation
  • MAP 699 Final Project Implementation
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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.

  • CV Personal Statement Please include a mapping portfolio and examples of any coding experience
  • Two letters of recommendation (Only email addresses required. Our system will email them to upload their reference.)

Admissions Criteria

Program Contact

Michael Samers
Director of Graduate Studies


Fall 2024

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Spring 2025

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Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

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Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online


No test scores required.

UK degree

Degrees are conferred by the University of Kentucky, an accredited university.

Grad tuition cap

Save money by paying for only 9 standard credit hours per semester, even if you take more.

Flexible schedule

Fit learning into your busy schedule with no prescribed class times.


I came to the course with little to no coding experience. I left with the skills and tools to write my own code, the ability to apply advanced spatial analysis, an understanding of multiple web mapping platforms, as well as an online portfolio to showcase my own work.
Amanda Witbeck


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