Online Learning

The UW Master of GIS for Sustainability Management online program is designed with working professionals in mind. Classes are held completely online, giving you the flexibility to do your coursework largely on your own schedule and at your own location.

How Online Learning Works

computer keyboardFrom your computer, you’ll connect to theonline learning management system called Canvas. This web-based software allows you to access course materials, including recorded lectures, and interact with faculty and fellow classmates in online forums at any time.

As in a classroom course, you start and finish each online course with the rest of your cohort. All students have the same deadlines, and you will need to keep up with all lectures, readings and assignments.

Courses meet online in real-time on Tuesday and Thursday evenings using a web conferencing platform. These sessions provide an opportunity to review and discuss course material and get assistance on assignments. Students are strongly encouraged but not required to attend. Sessions are recorded and posted on Canvas for those who can't make it or who would like to review them later. 

Lab assignments are an important part of your coursework. These assignments focus on helping you learn to use the capabilities of geospatial software such as Esri's ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online, QGIS, InVEST, Python, R and PostgreSQL. Students are given software licenses as part of being in the program. 

Technology Requirements

  • Computer that meets the system requirements for latest version of ArcGIS Desktop
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection (broadband recommended)
  • Headset and microphone with USB connector