Geospatial Services

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Why Geospatial Services?

The Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services enables students to acquire practical skills and theoretical essentials to lead with geographical (xyzt) data in the public and private sector. This program adapts to newly emerging technologies necessary to handle ever-increasing amounts of data, placing students at the leading edge of geospatial science. 

Experiential learning integration, using hands-on applications, challenge and encourage students to move out of their comfort zones to become independent scholars and well-informed citizens within a world driven by constant change.

Analysis of geospatial data accelerates innovative analysis and provides solutions to problems in multiple sectors such as:

  1. GeoIntelligence and situational awareness
  2. Catastrophe risk modeling for the insurance industry
  3. Precision agriculture and boosting food production
  4. Surveying (via drone collection)
  5. Industrial asset inventory.

Northeastern’s Geospatial Services program is USGIF accredited.

Check out some recent student projects and articles. Or read Teaching Professor and Faculty Lead Cordula Robinson’s latest article on Lidar Education at Northeastern.

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Unique Features

  • Online program allows for flexibility and remote learning
  • Hands-on experience working across multiple software environments, including commercial and open-source products, such as ESRI, ENVI, PCI Geomatica, GeoIntelligence, and project management software
  • Option to participate in Co-op Program, Experiential Learning and Capstone Project
  • Students who complete the USGIF certified courses from our accredited program can receive USGIF’s Geospatial Intelligence Certificate

Program Objectives

  • Provide hands-on experience with software from ESRI, the industry leader in GIS
  • Improve the understanding of Internet GIS
  • Explore the fundamentals of remote sensing
  • Secure foundational skills in project management, system implementation, database development, and implementation
  • Evaluate the theoretical, mathematical, and computational foundations of GIS
  • Learn to effectively interpret and apply geographic information
  • Analyze cartographic principles
  • Study the legal, economic, and ethical issues associated with GIS
  • Examine practical applications of GIS to support geographic inquiry and decision making

Accreditation Description

Northeastern University's Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services program is USGIF accredited. The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is the only organization dedicated to bringing together industry, academia, government, professional organizations, and stakeholders to exchange ideas, share best practices, and promote the education and importance of a national geospatial intelligence agenda.

Unique Transfer Credit Opportunity

Do you hold GEOINT Certification Program (GCP) credentials through the NGA under the authority of the Defense GEOINT (GCP-F, GPC IA-II, GPC CA-II or GPC GDM-II equivalent)? If yes, you can accelerate through the Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services at Northeastern University by applying your credential(s) in exchange for transfer credit.

Successful applicants can experience the following:

  • Receive up to 12 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 25% savings in tuition
  • Satisfy PDU credential requirements under the creditable graduate Academic Study category
  • Enjoy the convenience of a 100% online, interactive curriculum
  • Build your resumé and strengthen your skills in remote sensing (Earth Observation) and geospatial analytics.

Successful completion of GEOINT Certification Program (GCP) applies to all cleared Department of Defense (DoD) civilian, military, and contractor practitioners in GEOINT-related work roles throughout the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG). GCP can also apply to non-DoD members of the NSG with GEOINT equities.

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Career Outlook

Trend data suggests that geographic information technology (GIT) is related to the overall increase in interest in big data analytics. Geographic information technology and related systems are able to capture and model all types of spatial and geographic data, often useful for business or government intelligence, location-enabled services, and the planning and management of logistics, among many other purposes. Analysts who are trained in GIT are well-informed in how to produce, aggregate, and manipulate geographic/spatial data in order to drive decisions or services in any number of fields or industries. With the advent of mobile technology, the utility of GIT and employment of analysts with this expertise is expected to grow.

Alumni Success

What are our graduates doing? Explore our alumni map, created in-house, which shows positions held by our recent GIT alumni around the globe.


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Overview of Geospatial Services Program

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services General Requirements

GIS 5103 - Foundations of Geographic Information Science
RMS 5105 - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
GIS 5201 - Advanced Spatial Analysis
GIS 6980 - Capstone
1.00 - 4.00

Complete two of the following: 

DGM 6105 - Visual Communications Foundation
ITC 6045 - Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
SIA 6000 - Psychology of Intelligence Analysis


Open electives can be fulfilled by choosing either 6 quarter hours from the concentration courses or those below. Please note that if you are completing the concentration in statistical analytics, you will need to complete 9 quarter hours of open elective courses.

COP 6940 - Personal and Career Development
3.00 - 4.00
INT 6940 - Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals
1.00 - 4.00


If students prefer to focus their studies on a particular concentration, they may select 18 quarter hours from one of the concentrations below and complement their studies with 6 quarter hours of open elective courses to meet the minimum 45-quarter-hour degree requirement. 

Students are not required to complete a concentration. Any combination of 24 quarter hours from concentration and elective courses will satisfy degree requirements. 


Geographic Information Systems

Complete six of the following:

GIS 6320 - Use and Applications of Free and Open-Source GIS Desktop Software
GIS 6340 - GIS Customization
GIS 6350 - Planning a GIS Implementation
GIS 6360 - Spatial Databases
GIS 6370 - Internet-Based GIS
GIS 6385 - GIS/Cartography
GIS 6390 - Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
GIS 6391 - Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
GIS 6395 - Geospatial Analysis of Crime
GIS 6396 - GIS for Defense, Homeland Security, and Emergency Response

Remote Sensing

RMS 6110 - Introduction to Machine Learning for Image Data

Complete five of the following:

RMS 6215 - Unmanned Aerial Systems for Geospatial Analysts
RMS 6230 - Remote Sensing and Global Change
RMS 6240 - Introduction to Radar and LiDAR Remote Sensing
RMS 6250 - Spatial Analytics for Vegetation and Precision Agriculture
RMS 6270 - Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
RMS 6280 - Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
RMS 6290 - Spectroscopic Image Analysis
RMS 6292 - Photogrammetry and GPS
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action

Geospatial Analytics
ALY 6110 - Data Management and Big Data
ALY 6020 - Predictive Analytics
ALY 6040 - Data Mining Applications
ALY 6983 - Topics
ALY 6070 - Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics

Open elective from GIS, RMS (3.00 quarter hours)


Did You Know?

12 graduate programs nationwide have received the coveted USGIF accreditation including our MPS in Geospatial Services program (

From Our Faculty

"In the program’s 'Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action' students learned to use open, crowdsourced data sets to provide relief during Nepal’s 2015 earthquake." — Dr. Cordula Robinson, Teaching Professor and Faculty Lead

Average Time to Completion

1.5-3 years





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