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The Department

The world is changing…

… and so is our department! Trends such as data science and urbanization have a profound impact on the department’s teaching and research agenda. With 20 faculty, 8 research faculty and postdocs, approximately 160 domestic and international graduate students, 75 undergrad students, and an annual research expenditure of $2,500,000, we are well-equipped to tackle these challenges.

Located in Fairfax just a few miles from Washington DC, the Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science (GGS) offers an outstanding environment to study and perform cutting-edge research in geography, geoinformatics, remote sensing, earth systems science, and their various sub-disciplines.

With a variety of educational offerings, ranging from undergraduate programs to graduate certificates and M.S. and Ph.D. programs, a strong and broad research agenda, and superb name recognition within the leading agencies and companies in our field, our department is a premier choice for academic education.

With geospatial information becoming ubiquitous and part of everyday activities, ranging from GPS-enabled navigation and new satellite technology, to open source information and social media, career opportunities in geography and geoinformation science and related fields are thriving and forecast to further grow.

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Recent News


Accelerated MS degrees

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Assistant/Associate Professor position in Urban Informations @ GGS

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Two Term Faculty positions at the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University

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Upcoming Events

Drone Clinic @ GMU Intramural Field 4
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

ASPRS Mason is hosting a drone clinic for anyone interested in learning about and how to fly drones. The clinic is free and no experience is necessary!

ASPRS will be showcasing and demonstrating a Mavic 2 Pro and a Phantom 4. They will be going over take-off/landing, maneuver/flight, and some advanced settings.

Dress warmly! We will have coffee, tea and hot chocolate available, along with some light refreshments.

For more info, follow ASPRS Mason on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Fall 2018 Mapathon @ Exploratory Hall, 2301 & 2310
Nov 16 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

What better way to end Geography Awareness Week than with a good ole fashioned Mapathon? Each semester GGS hosts a Mapathon to promote humanitarian efforts and to use our skills to give back to the global community. Join us this Friday for mapping, pizza and fun!

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