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Geospatial Intelligence (MPGI)   

Program Title and Classification

Geospatial Intelligence

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Abstract

The Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence (MPS GEOINT) is dedicated to providing workforce-focused training at graduate level in ways that can nimbly respond to developments in what is often a rapidly shifting landscape of applied problem-sets, analysis schemes, big and growing data-sets, and software platforms that characterize today’s geospatial intelligence.

 

The MPS GEOINT program encompasses a 30-credit (10 units of 3-credit courses) course structure comprising five core courses and a selection of five courses among electives. The courses cover spatial analysis, remote sensing, big data analytics,geovisualization, programming in web and mobile GIS, geospatial intelliegence in various fields, etc.

 

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence (GCPS GEOINT) program is also offered, which entails 12 credits from four courses (two core and two elective courses). The credits earned from a GCPS GEOINT can be transferred towards the MPS GEOINT.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • CV/Resume
  • Prerequisites: Introductory Courses in GIS, Remote Sensing, and Statistics or permission of program administrator.

The Graduate School requires all admitted graduate students to have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in another country. A GPA of 3.0 is normally required for admission into this program. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Applicants with foreign credentials must submit academic records in the original language with literal English translations. 

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
26 Jul16 Feb
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
N/A15 Sep


Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://geospatial.umd.edu/landing/Education

Degree Requirements

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only: 30 credits required

Core courses (15 credits)

Electives (15 credits)

*Please contact the department for specific course information

 

The MPS GEOINT program encompasses a 30-credit (10 units of 3-credit courses) course structure comprising five core courses and a selection of five courses among electives. Students are required to accomplish an averge grade of B to receive a degree.

 

Facilities and Special Resources

New classroom facilities are provided for GEOINT programs as part of the development of the Center for Geospatial Information Science. A dedicated set of server and high-performance computing clusters are also provided from CGIS for teaching GEOINT courses. Students also have full access to the resources (e.g. computer labs, software applications, seminars, etc) in the Geographical Sciences Department as regular graduate students. All registered students have full access to the facilities and resources (e.g. libraries, gym, computer labs) on campus.

 

Our local surroundings play host to the center of influence for the geospatial intelligence industry in the United States. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employs 8,500 people at the third largest federal building in the D.C. region at nearby Springfield, VA. The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in nearby Greenbelt, and the United State Geological Survey in nearby Reston, VA serve as the nexus for the nation’s earth science geospatial intelligence. The U.S. Census Bureau in nearby Suitland, MD is tasked with a decennial nationwide data collection exercise that mobilizes a huge workforce to perform geospatial intelligence gathering year-round. 

Financial Assistance

Teaching Assistantships are offered depending on availability and students' qualifications. 

Contact Statement

Email: geog-geoint@umd.edu

Phone: 301-314-1343

Website

http://geospatial.umd.edu/landing/Education

Contacts

Ruibo Han, Director of Programs

1111b LeFrak Hall

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 314-1343

ruibo@umd.edu

 

Associated Information

Courses

GEOG

Keywords

Geospatial Intelligence, GEOINT, Masters, Graduate Certificate, GIS, Remote Sensing, Big Data, Mobile GIS, High Performance Computing, Geovisualization, Security Intelligence, Business Intelligence

Relationships

Geographical Sciences (GEOG)

Geospatial Information Sciences (Z035)

Geospatial Information Sciences (MPGS)

Geospatial Intelligence (Z109)