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College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC Denver

Geomatics Engineering & Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Graduate programs at University of Colorado Denver

The Geomatics Engineering and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) graduate program at the University of Colorado Denver provides broad-based expertise and cutting-edge skills that span the growing geospatial field, and helps alleviate the shortage of well-educated geospatial professionals. 

The Geomatics and GIS program is intended for engineers and other geospatial, environmental and urban infrastructure professionals seeking skills in using and managing rapidly developing geospatial data technologies. All aspects of the program are administered through the Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

This unique program:

  • is designed for both working professionals and full-time students
  • is taught and directed by acclaimed industry professionals
  • enables students to complete a master's degree or graduate certificate entirely online though the use of Internet-based courseware and web-conferencing technologies

Students seeking an advanced degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at CU Denver have three options: 

  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science
  • graduate certificate

NOTE: The Master of Science degree requires more undergraduate prerequisite courses in the areas of math, physics and engineering. Both the Master of Science and the Master of Engineering degrees are fully accredited.

Our Geomatics and GIS curriculum covers a wide range of geospatial principles. Students learn from industry professionals in areas of surveying, geodesy, mapping science and cartography, GNSS and GPS, photogrammetry, remote sensing, high-definition surveying, and relational GIS databases.

Our program prepares graduates for careers in industry and/or science. Students who complete the program have a comprehensive understanding in these disciplines, empowering them to advance their careers in geospatial engineering and analysisor to continue their research and further advance the science.

 Geomatics and GIS Program Requirements

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Geomatics and Geographic Information Systesm (GIS) is designed for engineering and other environmental and urban infrastructure professionals who are seeking a multidisciplinary master's degree. The MEng requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering or a related field (math, natural science, information technology, computer science, or social science) from an accredited college or university.

The Master of Engineering requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, which includes nine courses and 3 credit hours for an advanced master's report.

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Geomatics and GIS is designed for engineers who are seeking a master's degree with a focus on GIS and civil engineering. The MS requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in engineering from an accredited college of university.

The Master of Science requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, which includes nine courses and 3 credit hours for an advanced master's report or master's thesis.

Graduate Certificate

Successful completion of four GIS courses qualifies students for a graduate certificate in Geomatics Engineering. The courses may be taken without formal admission to the master's degree programs. However, all course prerequisites apply, and students must have a bachelor's degree.


For information about PhD research in Geomatics Engineering and GIS, please contact the Department of Civil Engineering, or 303-556-2871.


All graduate students are expected to have completed the prerequisite requirements relevant to geomatics engineering. Find a list of required prerequisites at

Click here for Admission Requirements




Faculty in Geomatics and GIS are leading researchers and practicing industry professionals familiar with the latest GIS techniques and practices.

Jan Van Sickle

Jan Van Sickle has more than 40 years experience in GIS, GPS, surveying, mapping and imagery. He created and led the GIS department at Qwest Communications for the company’s 25,000-mile worldwide fiber optic network. He also led the team that built the GIS for natural gas gathering in the Barnett Shale area of Texas. Van Sickle has authored five books, including GPS for Land Surveyors, Basic GIS Coordinates and Surveying Solved Problems.  He has myriad professional accomplishments and is a Senior Lecturer at Penn State University. He was formerly on the board of RM-ASPRS, was the vice-chairman of GIS in the Rockies and is former chairman of the US West chapter of the Americas Petroleum Survey Group. 


He earned his PhD in geospatial engineering from the University of Colorado and has been a licensed professional Land Surveyor for 31 years.  Van Sickle is currently licensed in Colorado, California, Oregon, Texas, North Dakota, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.



For additional information about the program, admission procedures or requirements, contact the Department of Civil Engineering at 303-556-2871 or

Department of Civil Engineering

University of Colorado Denver

Campus Box 113

P.O. Box 173364

Denver, Colorado 80217-3364