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Remote sensing is the measurement of information by a recording device that is not in physical contact with the object being measured. In practice, remote sensing is the utilization at a distance (as from aircraft, space shuttle, spacecraft, satellite, or ship) of any device for gathering information about the environment. The term "remote sensing" is most often applied to terrestrial and weather observations, but can be applied to planetary environments and astronomy. Remote sensing is applicable to many other situations including: land-use change, pollution tracking, land-use and planning, transportation systems, and military observation. The Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing aims to make education and training in remote sensing available to adult and professional students. A student earning a remote sensing certificate will be well versed in remote sensing theory, will have hands-on exposure to remote sensing software and hardware, and will learn how to extract pertinent data from remotely sensed datasets.
- Gain specialized knowledge in remote sensing to advance or change your career
- Boost your earnings: graduate certificate holders receive an average 25-percent higher salary, according to the Washington Post
- Explore your area of interest and leverage your graduate certificate as a gateway to a master’s degree
- Efficient and comprehensive six-course path to certificate
- Gain hands-on exposure to remote sensing hardware and software
- Online program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
Experiential / Co-op opportunities
Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.
This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.
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Remote Sensing Electives
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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resumé
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
- English language proficiency proof: Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
- Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
- TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.
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Cost and Tuition
Estimated Total Tuition
This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2020-2021 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. For more detailed information, please visit Student Financial Services.
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.
|November 2, 2020||International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)|
|December 7, 2020||International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)|
|January 1, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)|
|February 12, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)|
|February 8, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)|
|March 8, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)|
|April 2, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)|
|May 14, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)|
|May 10, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|June 7, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|July 2, 2021||Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)|
|July 19, 2021||International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)|
|August 23, 2021||International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)|
|September 7, 2021||Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)|
|October 18, 2021||Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)|
Student Body Profile
Below is a look at where our Engineering alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- GE Aviation
- CDM Smith
- Bose Corporation
What They Do
- Business Development
- Program and Project Management
What They're Skilled At
- Project Management
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.
Career Opportunities and Services
Did You Know?
Graduate certificate holders earn on average a 25% salary increase (Washington Post, 2012).
This certificate can stack into the Homeland Security or Geospatial Services master's degrees.
Did You Know?
The Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing builds on Northeastern's expertise in experiential learning, connecting students to our Global Network of more than 3,200+ employer partners and 245,000 alumni.
From Our Alumni
"Learning from such smart, thoughtful, and supportive practitioners is truly inspiring, and I am confident that they will help make my dream of serving my country a reality." — Christine Doucette, Current Student
Did You Know?
Graduate certificate holders earn on average a 25% salary increase.