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M.S. in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics

Be at the forefront of data intelligence and geoanalytics.

Explore the powerful combination of data science and geoanalytics in our Master of Science program. In today’s data-driven world, the fusion of both is crucial for extracting valuable insights from spatial data. The Master of Science in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota equips you with hands-on technology skills, empowering you to leverage cutting-edge approaches in analytics and intelligence fields. 

In this online program, you’ll gain a solid foundation in key areas such as data acquisition, data engineering, principles of data science, geoanalytics, and visual intelligence. We focus on providing you with a comprehensive understanding of technology, data development, data analysis, research methodologies, decision-making, and effective presentation/communication skills — all essential for organizational effectiveness. 

Become a certified GIS professional and enhance your professional credentials. Our program prepares you with the skills and industry knowledge needed to pursue certification from the prestigious GIS Certification Institute. Achieve recognition as a GISP® (Certified GIS Professional) and elevate your career to new heights. 

Seize this chance to be at the forefront of data intelligence and geoanalytics. Enroll in our M.S. program and unleash the power of spatial insights. Let us propel you toward a future where you transform data into informed decisions and unlock untapped opportunities.

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per credit

Aug.Oct.Jan. MarchMayJune

start dates

1 year

completion time


Program Highlights

  • Leverage your new skills and expertise to pursue certification from the GIS Certification Institute. 
  • Hands-on experience with optional paid applied learning experiences through GeoSpatial Services (GSS) — a unique on-campus project center at Saint Mary’s that is nationally recognized with clients such as the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Discover scholarships available through our partnerships with several regional and national employers. See if your employer is part of our Trusted Partnership Program. Learn more.

What You'll Learn

  • Analyze geospatial data
  • Demonstrate proficiency in data collection and database administration
  • Develop custom applications and scripts for visualization and analytics
  • Engage in complex critical thinking
  • Best practices of integrated technology
  • Ethical implications of data handling and decision-making

Information Session

Join us for an information session to learn more about the program, the application process, and more. We offer live information sessions where you can meet program staff, as well as an archive you can view on your own time.

From Student to CEO: Kendis Scharenbroich's GIS Journey

Kendis Scharenbroich, an alumna of Saint Mary’s University, has carved a remarkable career in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Now serving as the CEO of Pro-West and Associates, Inc., Kendis’s expertise in utilizing GIS technology has played a pivotal role in areas ranging from land use to public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her journey from graduate student to industry leader is a testament to the impact of a comprehensive education. Read on to discover how Kendis’s Saint Mary’s education equipped her for success in GIS.


Admissions at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a seamless and straightforward process designed to help you embark on your educational journey with confidence

    • Applicants may apply for admission to master’s degree programs at any time during the year.
    • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. 

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing.

    Saint Mary’s accepts:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Your application must include the following items:

    • A completed application form
    • An official transcript(s) issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. 
    • A personal statement that includes the following:
      • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
      • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
      • description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
      • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
    • Names of two people (including title, organization, email, phone number) who could serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process
    • A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.

    Official Transcripts should be sent to Office of Admission

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    2500 Park Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Or electronically: tcadmission@smumn.edu

    Please reach out with any questions about the application process.

    Phone: (612) 728-5100

    Toll-free: (866) 437-2788

    E-mail: tcadmission@smumn.edu

  •  August 4, 2023; December 1, 2023; April 5, 2024

  • Contact your Enrollment Counselor to learn when our program starts.

  • You can expect to be notified about your acceptance approximately two weeks following your application completion date.

Tuition & Fees

We help you find ways to finance your education. Talk to your Enrollment Counselor about scholarships, loans, and other ways to make your education affordable.

Course Catalog

You’ll take courses such as:

  • Data Engineering
  • Python Programming for Technology Applications 
  • Relational Database Design and Administration 
  • Data Modeling and Forecasting with Geo-AI (Artificial Intelligence)

The course catalog provides complete information about course requirements.

Career Outlook

Geoanalytics provides new insights for decision-making in everything from manufacturing to natural resources. Career opportunities are just as diverse and offer generous salaries and room for advancement throughout your career.

Computer and Information Research Specialist

$131,490 per year*

GIS Developer

$91,000 per year*

Urban Planner

$78,500 per year*

Frequently Asked Questions

  • At Saint Mary’s, we want you to succeed, and we help you do so, inside and outside of the classroom: 

    Student Central: Your one-stop for student services.

    Library: Resources and services are available 24/7 to all students.

    Writing Center: Offers virtual and face-to-face services to support students. 

    Career Services: Can help you develop your career-readiness skills at any point in your education. 

  • The only thing virtual about your online experience is the classroom. Our flexible online programs offer the rigor and reputation you expect from Saint Mary’s.

    Explore more here.

  • If you are in a degree-granting program and enrolled at least half time, you may be eligible for financial aid.

    Learn more here.

  • Life gets busy. Whether you’re raising a family, pursuing your career, or playing an active role in your community, we know you want to keep up with what you love while you take the next step in your career. That’s why Saint Mary’s online programs are flexible and designed to fit your demanding life.

    Learn more here.

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Sources and Disclaimer

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  3. Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium, 2020 Salary Survey Results at https://www.mngislis.org/news/544487/2020-Salary-Survey-Results.htm (visited May 27, 2022).
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Urban and Regional Planners, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/urban-and-regional-planners.htm (visited May 10, 2023)