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Geospatial Intelligence (Z109)   

Program Title and Classification

Geospatial Intelligence

Graduate Certificate Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence (GCPS 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 12-credit (4 units of 3-credit courses) course structure comprising two core courses and a selection of two 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 Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence (MPS GEOINT) is also offered, which entails 30 credits from 10 courses (five core and five 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 (none)
  • 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. 

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 Mar15 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.)

Core Requirements
The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence requires a total of 12 credits. Students select two core courses, and two elective courses.


Core courses (Select two courses, 6 credits total):

GEOG 664: Geospatial Intelligence Systems and Platforms GEOG 662: Advances in GIS and Remote Sensing
GEOG 656: Programming and Scripting for GIS GEOG 695: Ethical Intelligence & Analysis
GEOG 661: Fundamentals of Geospatial Intelligence GEOG 665: Algorithms for Geospatial Intelligence
GEOG 697: Capstone Project: Problem-solving in Geospatial Intelligence  


Elective Courses (Select two courses, 6 credits total):

GEOG 680: Geospatial Intelligence Networks GEOG 660: Advanced Remote Sensing using Lidar
GEOG 682: Open Source Intelligence  GEOG 657: Web Programming
GEOG 683: Hazards and Emergency Management GEOG 684: Human & Activity-Based Intelligence
GEOG 663: Big Data Analytics GEOG 685: Geospatial Intelligence in Business
GEOG 651: Spatial Statistics GEOG 687: Geospatial Intelligence for Security
GEOG 694: Engineering Geospatial Intelligence GEOG 690: Geovisualization and the User Experience
GEOG 686: Mobile & Social Geocomputing GEOG 691: Image Processing and Computer Vision
GEOG 692: Decision Support Systems for Geospatial Intelligence GEOG 693: Being Entrepreneurial & Innovative



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' qualitifcations.

Contact Statement


Phone: 301-314-1343



Ruibo Han, Director of Programs

1111b LeFrak Hall

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 314-1343


Associated Information




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


Geographical Sciences (GEOG)

Geospatial Information Sciences (MPGS)

Geospatial Information Sciences (Z035)

Geospatial Intelligence (MPGI)