Graduate Programs Overview
PhD in Earth System and Geoinformation Sciences (PhD ESGS)
The ESGS PhD degree is based on the integration of scientific disciplines in Geosystems (i.e., Geosciences and Geography) with the more technology-oriented scientific disciplines in Geoinformation Science (i.e., remote sensing and GIS). Program graduates will be qualified to pursue academic careers, or to serve as lead scientists in the industrial or government sectors, in the areas of geosciences, geoinformatics, geographic information science, and remote sensing.
MS in Earth System Science (MS ESS)
The interdisciplinary MSc program Earth Systems Science (ESS) addresses the growing national and regional demand for trained professionals in Earth systems science and applications. The MS ESS degree emphasizes a research-oriented ,global systems approach to the study of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere, including their interrelationships and their interactions with the biosphere. Emphasis is on the observation and quantitative analysis of Earth systems. Program graduates are qualified to pursue careers that require knowledge of the basics of earth systems science and the requisite tools, or to proceed with doctoral-level studies.
MS in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences (MS GECA)
The M.Sc. in geographic and cartographic sciences (GECA) at Mason focuses on techniques of compilation, display, and analysis of spatial data. The program’s objective is to produce geographers with a solid understanding of the techniques of spatial data and the ability to apply those techniques to a variety of issues. The M.Sc. program offers two options: 36 credit hours and a comprehensive examination, or 24 credit hours and a thesis. Courses from other departments and other universities may be applied to the program with prior approval. Students may select internships as part of their program. Program graduates are qualified to pursue careers in government and industry, or to proceed with doctoral-level studies.
MS in Geoinformatics and Spatial Intelligence (MS GEOINT)
The new MS program in geoinformatics and geospatial intelligence addresses the emerging demand for scientists trained in the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information about physical features, man-made structures, moving objects, people, and events that are geo-referenced or geo-located. This program focuses primarily on the computational approaches that support the synthesis and analysis of diverse types of data, in order to identify and monitor complex events and phenomena that manifest themselves over space and time. While geospatial intelligence has a strong Department of Defense connotation, the principles behind it have a significant dual use potential, addressing the needs of a broader audience, ranging for example from intelligent navigation in urban spaces to emergency response systems for natural and man-made disasters.
Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence (CERG GEOINT)
The Geospatial Intelligence Graduate Certificate (GEOINT) is for persons employed in geospatial intelligence applications (i.e. federal agency and/or corporate/association personnel), or those interested in entering this field. Our program offers fundamental knowledge on geospatial intelligence and the ability to apply this knowledge to a diverse range of constantly evolving geospatial intelligence situations. The Certificate is accredited by the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and is one of only three programs nationwide to receive this distinction.
Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences (CERG GISC)
The GIScience Graduate Certificate is designed to help students pursue careers in the rapidly expanding opportunities in the geographic and mapping sciences. The certificate requires 15 credit hours (five courses). Three courses are required, and two are electives. Courses taken for the GIScience Certificate may be applied to the departmental master’s degree.
Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing and Image Processing (CERG RSIP)
The Remote Sensing Graduate Certificate (RSEIP) offers the most up-to-date advanced remote sensing and Earth observing education available in the region. The Certificate requires students to complete a set of 15-credit hours of SCS graduate courses. Ideal candidates for this certificate are those who have a background in Earth and environmental sciences, and are either currently working in or intend to enter into the field of remote sensing, Earth observing, or image processing. Completion of the certificate will enhance their careers or will serve as a useful intermediate step towards later enrollment in the M.S. in Earth Systems Science (ESS) degree program, and/or the ESGS doctoral program.
Graduate Certificate in Environmental GIS and Biodiversity Conservation (CERG EGBC)
As biodiversity is the life support system of our planet, it is important to prepare students for careers that require knowledge of both ecology and public policy. This certificate focuses in the fields of conservation biology, land use policy, conservation planning, and modern tools and approaches used in GIS to prepare students to tackle complex environmental challenges in a changing world. This certificate is suitable for traditional students as well as for student-professionals (such as environmental scientists, managers, practitioners in government, and experts in non-governmental organizations) who wish to acquire further knowledge to advance their careers.
Graduate Certificate in Data Journalism (CERG <TBD>)
This graduate certificate is designed for students and professionals wishing to advance their knowledge and careers in the emerging field of Data Journalism. Data-driven journalism is about obtaining, reporting on, curating and publishing (storytelling) data of broad interest. Maps and infographics are some of the most effective means to communicate complex content to the experts and the general public alike. Accordingly, this program is focusing on covering principles of journalism, methods and tools for information visualization, social media analysis and scientific data communication topics. This includes both theoretical principles and practical applications.