Why Geospatial Services?
The Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services is a results-oriented program that explores a range of topics essential to the geographic information systems (GIS) field.
The fast-growing field of Geospatial Services includes techniques that may be applied across a wide range of disciplines and industries, from geography and archeology to urban planning and natural resources management. The online program is designed to improve each student’s technical expertise by explaining advanced concepts and techniques in areas such as raster-based GIS, geospatial information, and GIS modeling. It also offers hands-on GIS training that prepares graduates to competently apply their knowledge in their specific field of interest. Students enrolled in this program can explore the world of geospatial intelligence and innovation and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.
- Geospatial intelligence and GIS
- Speed and flexible data acquisition and analysis
- Information extraction and methods for tackling problems for large-scale automation
- Web apps, emergency response, and disaster management
- Emerging technologies with sensing as a service
- RADAR, LiDAR, hyperspectral, and electro-opitcal imaging capabilities
The Northeastern University Master’s in Geospatial Services program was developed to serve growing demands for highly skilled geospatial professionals, offering cutting-edge concentrations in geographic information systems, geospatial analytics and remote sensing (earth observation).
Northeastern’s Geospatial Services program is nationally recognized as an online NGA-USGS Academic Center of Excellence in Geospatial Science and USGIF accredited. The two awards are complementary and help to provide quality assurance for employers seeking students who meet 21st-century analytical workforce requirements. In a digital age where the vast majority of data has a location and time, geospatial systems provide the means to work and visualize it to reveal complex dynamics, patterns, and relationships.
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
What you'll study
- GIS 6980 should be taken as the final course in the program.
- PJM 5900 is required for students who do not have at least two years of professional experience working on projects. This course is only intended for those who are not familiar with professional project work. Students with two years or more of professional project experience may substitute PJM 6000 for PJM 5900
- GIS 5101, GIS 5102, GIS 5105, GIS 5201, and GIS 6980 are USGIF Certified
Complete two of the following:
Open electives can be fulfilled by choosing either 6 q.h. from any of concentration courses listed or COP 6940 and 3 q.h. from the concentration course lists.
If students prefer to focus their studies on a particular concentration, they may select 18 q.h. from one of the concentrations below and complement their studies with 6 q.h. of open elective courses, to meet the minimum 45 q.h. degree requirement. Students are not required to complete a concentration. Any combination of 24 q.h. from concentration and elective courses will satisfy degree requirements
Complete six of the following:
Complete five of the following:
|ALY 6943||Topics (Text Mining)||3 q.h.|
Open elective from GIS, RMS (3.00 quarter hours)