Geospatial Services

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Why Geospatial Services?

The Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services is right for you if you like to advance your career in one of the world’s most innovative AI-connected fields, if you like to join an established network of GS specialists in the leading companies and organizations of the world, and if you intend to work on sponsored projects offered by leading organizations in their field of expertise, and get credentials that open doors to exciting, innovative areas.

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 is driven by constant change.

Analysis of geospatial data accelerate innovative analysis and provide 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); and
  5. Industrial asset inventory.

Northeastern’s Geospatial Services program is USGIF accredited.

Hear from Cordula Robinson, Associate Teaching Professor, speaking at GIS Café about how our master’s degree is keeping up with the changing landscape and fast-growing Geospatial field.


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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.

 


What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services General Requirements

GIS 5103 - Foundations of Geographic Information Science
4.00
RMS 5105 - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
3.00
GIS 5201 - Advanced Spatial Analysis
3.00
GIS 6980 - Capstone
1.00 - 4.00
 

Complete two of the following: 

DGM 6105 - Visual Communications Foundation
4.00
ITC 6045 - Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
3.00
PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
4.00
PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00
SIA 6000 - Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
4.00
 

Electives

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
 

Concentrations

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. 

Concentrations

Geographic Information Systems

Complete six of the following:

GIS 6320 - Use and Applications of Free and Open-Source GIS Desktop Software
3.00
GIS 6340 - GIS Customization
3.00
GIS 6350 - Planning a GIS Implementation
3.00
GIS 6360 - Spatial Databases
3.00
GIS 6370 - Internet-Based GIS
3.00
GIS 6385 - GIS/Cartography
3.00
GIS 6390 - Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
3.00
GIS 6391 - Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
3.00
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
3.00
GIS 6395 - Geospatial Analysis of Crime
3.00
GIS 6396 - GIS for Defense, Homeland Security, and Emergency Response
3.00

Remote Sensing

RMS 6110 - Digital Image Processing
3.00

Complete five of the following:

RMS 6215 - Unmanned Aerial Systems for Geospatial Analysts
3.00
RMS 6230 - Remote Sensing and Global Change
3.00
RMS 6240 - Introduction to Radar and LiDAR Remote Sensing
3.00
RMS 6250 - Spatial Analytics for Vegetation and Precision Agriculture
3.00
RMS 6270 - Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
3.00
RMS 6280 - Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
3.00
RMS 6290 - Spectroscopic Image Analysis
3.00
RMS 6292 - Photogrammetry and GPS
3.00
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
3.00
  

Geospatial Analytics
ALY 6110 - Data Management and Big Data
3.00
ALY 6020 - Predictive Analytics
3.00
ALY 6040 - Data Mining Applications
3.00
ALY 6983 - Topics
3.00
ALY 6070 - Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
3.00

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 (USGIF.org).

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, Associate Teaching Professor and lead faculty member

Average Time to Completion

1.5-3 years

Accreditation

USGIF

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Visa Eligible

No