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Experiential learning integration, using hands-on applications, challenges and encourages 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:
- GeoIntelligence and situational awareness
- Catastrophe risk modeling for the insurance industry
- Precision agriculture and boosting food production
- Surveying (via drone collection)
- Industrial asset inventory.
Northeastern’s Geospatial Services program is a member of the USGIF.
- 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
- 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
Member of the USGIF
Northeastern’s Geospatial Services program is a member of the USGIF. The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation 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 the 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. GCP can also apply to non-DoD members of the NSG with GEOINT equities.
Contact us today for more information by completing the form on our page.
Trend data suggests that geographic information technology (GIT) is related to the overall increase in interest in big data analytics. GIT 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 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 are our graduates doing? Explore our alumni map, created in-house, which shows positions held by our recent GIT alumni around the globe.
Analytics in Action – Application of Data and Technology in Geospatial
Overview of Geospatial Services Program
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.
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.
Get Set with a Custom Course Plan
Complete two of the following:
ITC 6300 and ITC 6460 are currently hybrid or on ground. If you are interested in taking one of these courses online please let your adviser know at the start of the school year.
Open electives can be fulfilled by choosing 6-7 quarter hours from the concentration courses or the open electives listed below.
Geographic Information Systems
Complete six of the following:
4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 1.00 4.00 3.00
Complete five of the following:
3.00 3.00 4.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 1.00 4.00
Complete the following:
Now Let's Talk Admissions
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): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern 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
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
- 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
Avg Institutional Aid
% Receiving Aid
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 Computing & IT alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Dell EMC
What They Do
- Information Technology
- Business Development
- Program and Project Management
What They're Skilled At
- Software Development
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.
Career Opportunities and Services
Did You Know?
Northeastern’s Geospatial Services program is a member of the USGIF.
Did You Know?
The average annual income in the location industry is $83,530.
Did You Know?
Advanced degree holders earn a salary 35% higher than those with a bachelor's degree.