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Application Deadlines

Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance







Acting Associate Dean

Lim, Eunjung, Full Member


Ma, Jianguo, Full Member


Zhou, Naijun, Full Member

University Affiliate

Resop, Jonathan, Full Member

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Geospatial Information Sciences (MPGS)   

Program Title and Classification

Geospatial Information Sciences

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Information Sciences Program is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date education on geospatial technology, theory and applications. The courses cover spatial analysis, statistics, programming, databases, modeling, remote sensing, Internet GIS, Mobile GIS, and Open Source GIS. Both MPS degree (31 Credits) and Graduate Certificate (12 Credits) in GIS are offered.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

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:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
26 July16 Feb
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
15 MarN/A

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

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

Core Requirements
The Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Information Science requires a total of 31 credits. Students complete 22 credits of core courses and nine credits of electives.


Core courses (22 credits total):

GEOG 651: Spatial Statistics GEOG 677: Internet GIS
GEOG 652 Digital Image Processing and Analysis GEOG 657: Web Programming
GEOG 653: Spatial Analysis GEOG 795: Professional Practice Seminar
GEOG 656: Programming and Scripting for GIS GEOG 797: Professional Project


Elective Courses (Select three courses, 9 credits total):

GEOG 654: GIS and Spatial Modeling GEOG 788A/670: Open Source GIS
GEOG 655: Spatial Database System GEOG 661: Fundamentals of Geospatial Intelligence
GEOG 650: Mobile GIS GEOG 663: Big Data Analytics
GEOG 796: GIS Project Management GEOG 670: Open Source GIS
GEOG 660: Advanced Remote Sensing Using Lidar  


Students choosing the Master of Professional Studies degree track need to complete 31 credit hours of approved coursework with an average grade of B.


Facilities and Special Resources

All registered students have full access to the facilities and resources (e.g. libraries, gym, computer labs) on campus just like any other traditional student. 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. The program has a dedicated lab for its students as well where they can study or take lectures in a real environment if they want to.

Financial Assistance

There are no fellowships available in this program. However, there are potential Teaching Assistantships available depending on the student’s qualification.

Contact Statement

Email: Phone: 301-405-3861



Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Ma, Program Director

University of MarylandDepartment of Geographical Sciences1133 LeFrak Hall

MD, 20742

Telephone: 301.405.3861

Fax: 301.314.9299


Kristen Bergery, Senior Faculty Specialist

2119 LeFrak Hall

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20740

Telephone: 301-314-1883


Associated Information




GIS, Remote Sensing, Programming, Spatial Analysis, Spatial Statistics, GIS Modeling, Databases, Internet GIS, Mobile GIS, Open Source GIS, ArcGIS, Geospatial Analyst, Online, Masters, Graduate Certificate,


Geographical Sciences (GEOG)

Geospatial Information Sciences (Z035)