Global Top 50 Universities for Master’s in GIS

Glenn Kong
8 min readApr 26, 2023
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Postgraduate education is an opportunity pursued by an increasing number of people in today’s society and is also a topic of growing concern in modern society. With the acceleration of globalization and technological progress, higher education is no longer just a means of acquiring academic resources and professional knowledge, but also an opportunity to enrich personal experiences, broaden horizons, and understand different cultures.

In the field of Geographic Information Science (GIS), with the continuous development and application of technology, the demand for professional talent is also increasing. Pursuing a master’s degree has become an important way to improve one’s professional skills and explore future development. If you are interested in furthering your studies in the GIS field and considering pursuing a GIS master’s degree, the universities mentioned below will be very worthwhile for you to refer to. These top 50 universities in the world have the best education and research teams, the most advanced equipment and research resources, as well as rich academic and practical experience, providing you with the best learning environment and growth opportunities.

The following list of universities is classified by continent (Asia, America, Oceania, Europe) and ranked according to the 2024 QS World University Rankings. The latest (2024) tuition fee information given on each university’s official website is also provided. Hope this article is helpful to you!

By the way, I assume you share my love for maps. To make it easier for you, I’ve pinned the universities on Google My Maps. Now you can quickly locate each one. Happy reading!

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Global Top 50 Universities for Master’s in GIS (ASIA)

National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore
National University of Singapore

Peking University

Peking University
Peking University

The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong
  • Location: Hong Kong 🇭🇰
  • World Rank: 26
  • Course Title:
    MSc (Urban Analytics)
    MSc (Urban Design and Transport)
    MSc (Urban Planning)
    Master of Urban Design
    Master of Urban Studies and Housing Management
    MA (Transport Policy and Planning)
  • Indicative Annual Tuition (2023):
    Local: HK$42,100 (approx. US$5,400)
    Non-local: HK$182,000 (approx. US$23,000)
  • Website: https://www.arch.hku.hk/programmes_/upad/

Seoul National University

Seoul National University
Seoul National University
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea 🇰🇷
  • World Rank: 41
  • Course Title: Master of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Website: https://cee.snu.ac.kr/english/index.php
  • Indicative Annual Tuition (2023): ₩7,710,000 (approx. US$5,800)
  • Remarks: One of the research areas is Spatial Informatics Engineering, which has two research labs: the Remote Sensing Lab and the GIS/LBS Lab. The Remote Sensing Lab focuses on remote sensing detection, while the GIS/LBS Lab focuses on geographic information systems and location-based services.

Kyoto University

Kyoto University
Kyoto University

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Global Top 50 Universities for Master’s in GIS (AMERICA)

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania

University of Toronto

University of Toronto
University of Toronto

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University

McGill University

McGill University
McGill University
  • Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada 🇨🇦
  • World Rank: 30
  • Course Title:
    MSc in Geography
    MA in Geography
  • Indicative Annual Tuition (2023):
    Quebec Residents: CA$1,398 (approx. US$1,000)
    Non-Quebec Canadian:CA$4,365 (approx. US$3,200)
    International Students: CA$9,577 (approx. US$7,000)
  • Website: https://www.mcgill.ca/geography/graduate

University of Michigan

University of Michigan
University of Michigan

University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia

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Global Top 50 Universities for Master’s in GIS (OCEANIA)

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne

The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland

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Global Top 50 Universities for Master’s in GIS (EUROPE)

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

University College London

University College London
University College London
  • Location: London, UK 🇬🇧
  • World Rank: 9
  • Course Title:
    MSc Geospatial Analysis
    Msc Geospatial Sciences
    MSc Geospatial Sciences (GIS and Computing)
    MSc Geospatial Sciences (Building Information Modeling)
  • Indicative Annual Tuition (2023):
    Domestic: £18,000 (approx. US$22,000)
    International: £35,000 (approx. US$44,000)
  • Website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/geography/gis/

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester

Technical University of Munich

Technical University of Munich
Technical University of Munich

King’s College London

King’s College London
King’s College London

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Among the top 50 universities in the world mentioned above, each one has its unique strengths and characteristics, providing students with diverse learning and research opportunities. Regardless of your profession and interests, these schools can provide you with suitable educational resources and development opportunities to gain deeper professional knowledge and practical experience in the GIS field.

Pursuing a master’s degree is not a simple decision, and careful consideration is required from choosing the target country and school in order to select the most suitable learning and research environment for yourself. Hopefully, this article can provide you with useful references when choosing a school, and we wish every one of you who is reading this article to achieve more success in your academic and career pursuits in the future! (Last Updated on Sep 23, 2023)

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