Financial Info


Online Capstone Certificate Programs and Online Master’s Program

Each credit has a flat rate of $800. Each program consists of four (4) credit courses. Each course is $3,200. Entire program costs are:
– $9,600 for each Online Capstone Program
– $25,600 for the Online MS in GIS Development

We like to keep it simple. There are no hidden student or technology fees. Your tuition is a flat fee. You may need to purchase some software, but this should not cost more than about $250 during the length of your program. All you need is internet access and a computer (PC/Mac are both fine).

Accelerated/Non-Thesis Master’s Program

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGE IN TUITION STRUCTURE FOR THIS PROGRAM STARTING FALL 2022: Each credit will have a flat rate of $800. The cost per course will depend on the total number of credits each course is. A 3 credit course will cost $2,400 and a 4 credit course will cost $3,200. The cost of the entire program cost is dependent on the total number of credits taken while enrolled in the program.

Tuition Through Summer 2022: Tuition for this in-house program is set by the university. Graduate tuition rates for the most recent Academic Year can be found on the Bursar’s Office website.

NOTE: In addition to tuition, a segregated fee is charged per credit for various student services. More information on segregated fees can be found through the Office of the Registrar. This fee applying to all tuition scenarios mentioned above.

NOTE: Tuition costs and structure for all programs are subject to changes.


Students in any GIS Professional Program (Online MS, Accelerated/Non-Thesis, and both capstone certificate programs) ARE eligible for Federal Student Aid.

To apply for financial aid, please visit the FAFSA Website and complete the online registration. When applying for aid you will need the University of Wisconsin – Madison Institution Code: 003895.

For more information about Federal Student Aid, please visit the UW Office of Student Financial Aid.

GISPP does not have any scholarship opportunities. However, UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies has a number of scholarships. For more information, visit


Students in any of the GIS Professional Programs (Online Capstones, Online MS, or Accelerated/Non-Thesis MS) are not permitted to accept graduate assistantships or other appointments that would result in a tuition waiver and cannot enroll in other graduate programs nor take courses outside the prescribed curriculum.