The M.SC in Geographic Information Science is offered by the Department of Geographic Information Science, Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS) Ile-Ife, Nigeria. The duration is 3 semesters of 17 weeks each within 18 months. The Masters Degree programmes are offered with the following areas of specialisation:

   » Geographic information systems GIS) in Disaster Management
   » GIS in environmental Management
   » GIS in Land Resource Management
   » GIS in Natural Resource (including oil & Gas) Management
   » GIS in Hydrology and Water Resource Management
   » GIS in Meteorology and Climate Change
   » GIS in Soil Survey and Agricultural Management
   » GIS in Health and Social Development
   » GIS in Crime Mapping, Peace and Security
   » GIS in Military Intelligence
   » GIS in Urban Planning and regional Development
   » GIS in Land Administration
   » GIS in Urban Planning
   » GIS in Surveying and Geodesy
   » GIS in Food Security


The objectives of the programme are:

   » to provide theo retical and practical training in Geoinformatics and applications
   » to produce high-grade professional experts/scientists in Geo information science
   » to enhance capacity and capability for research development and application of Geographic Info rmation Technologies
   » to equip graduates of various disciplines with adequate technical capability in Geoinformation science applications
   » to disseminate to the public the results of research and facilitate the practical application of these results
   » to collaborate with national and international agencies in the areas of applying GIS to tackle relevant problems.

Justification for the Programme

Geoinformation Technology is an emerging area of specialization that is required in the identification, assessment and management of land and natural resources. Therefore there is the need have access to such knowledge in order to use it in developing and managing the abundant resources available to African countries. In particular, land is a fundamental resource for all human uses desiring proper management for a sustained productivity; and this has been the source of many feuds in Africa. Proper understanding of the availability and disposition of natural resources (including renewable and non-renewable energy resources such as oil and natural gas) can be achieved through Geoinformation Technology; hence it will enhance their exploitation for the economic benefit of the nation’s citizens, and with adequate consideration for the environment. Secondly, natural and man-induced disasters like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides and tsunamis have been known to wreak havoc on human habitation, particularly in Africa where there is paucity of knowledge in strategies for their management. Injudicious oil and mineral exploitation, uncontrolled deforestation with the attendant climate change effects of ozone depletion, global warming and other atmospheric issues are challenges facing the world. Therefore, an understanding of such occurrences and their spatial distribution will enable proper management of their manifestations
and post-occurrence activities with minimal effects on the population. Finally, any nation’s integrity borders on its capabilities in crime prevention and maintenance of peace and security within the country. Therefore, police and military intelligence gathering through Geoinformation Technology are essential in this regard, hence the need to equip their personnel through their exposure to this programme.

Admission Requirements

Candidates with any of the following qualifications are eligible for admission into the M.Sc. programme:

  1. RECTAS Professional Master’s degree in GIS, or equivalent, in Geoinformation Science and Production Management with minimum average score of 70%;
  2. A first degree not below Second Class Honours (Lower Division) or a higher degree in Sciences and Engineering, or related disciplines from
    any recognized university. Programme Duration

The programme is Full Time, and the duration is minimum of 18 months (3 semesters) and maximum of 24 months (4 semesters).

Commencement And Duration

   » The duration of the MGIT programme is 18 months(3 semesters of 17 weeks each of lectures and examinations and independent thesis research).
A student that is unable to complete the thesis or course work could remain for another semester (i.e. a maximum of 24 months). The fee for the extended period is the student’s responsibility).
   » Each semester is 17 weeks(15 for lectures, 1 for break and 1 for examinations.

Requirements For Graduation

To be eligible for the award of M.Sc. GIS degree, students must have:

  1. scored a minimum of 50% in all registered courses in the Programme;
  2. registered and passed a minimum of one (1) elective course per semester;
  3. passed a minimum of three (3) elective course in all;
  4. accumulated at least 51 course units;
  5. successfully presented at least two thesis project seminars: proposal and post field seminars;
  6. fulfilled all other conditions prescribed by the Academic of Board; and
successfully completed and defended a research thesis in an oral examination.

Course outline

Course Codes Course Title
1st Semester (November 3rd – March 14th)
GIS811 Fundamentals of GIS              
PRS 811 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
CAR 811 Fundamentals of Cartography
GIS812 Spatial Databases and Analysis
GIS813 Quantitative techniques for Geospatial Sciences
Elective Courses(students are to enrol for only at least 2 of the following elective courses)
GIS814 GIS in Environmental Management
GIS815 Disaster and emergency management
GIS816 Soil and agricultural resources analysis and management
GIS817 Demography and Social Development

2nd Semester (March 23rd  - July 6th 2015)
GIS821 Programming in GIS
GIS823 Research Methodology
GIS824 Contemporary Issues in GIS
PRS821 Digital Image Processing and Analysis
GIS822 Geodata Analysis and Modelling
CAR821 Digital Cartographic Production and Web Mapping
Elective Courses(students are to enrol for only at least 1 of the following elective courses)
GIS825 Hydrology and Water Resources Management
GIS826 Urban systems analysis, planning and management
GIS827 GIS in Meteorology and Climate Change

3rd Semester(Thesis research and Seminars)
GIS822 GIS Seminar
GIS841 Research Thesis