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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.
The MS program in geoinformatics and geospatial intelligence is designed to expose students to fundamental theoretical principles and practical applications involving:
- Geographic Information Science
- Digital image analysis as it applies to geoinformatics and geospatial intelligence
- Computational principles for geoinformatics and intelligence
The curriculum structure of the program reflects these three educational components. The GEOINT MS degree requires a minimum of 33 credits, including a 3-credit MS thesis. See Guidelines.
In addition to meeting all admission requirements for graduate study at Mason as specified in the Admission section of this catalog, applicants to the MS program in geoinformatics and geospatial intelligence should hold a BA or BS degree in a discipline related to the program’s theme from an accredited university, with a minimum GPA of 3.00, including courses in differential and integral calculus. A working knowledge of a computer programming language is a plus. When the background of an individual student does not meet the program’s requirements, remedial or preparatory courses tailored to student’s needs may be recommended. To apply, prospective students should complete a Mason graduate application on-line at http://admissions.gmu.edu/grad/. Official transcripts from each college and graduate institution attended, a current resume, and a goals statement will be required.
Applicants will also need three letters of recommendation and an official report of scores obtained on the GRE-GEN. The GRE requirement for admission may be waived if the student holds a master’s degree from an accredited US institution. TOEFL scores are required of all international applicants
The GI MS degree requires 33 credit hours, comprising 10 courses plus a 3-credit MS thesis. During the semester prior to the semester the student plans to register for MS Thesis credits (799), the student will need to establish a Thesis Committee and prepare and defend the Thesis Proposal. See Guidelines.The courses include 7 mandatory core courses and 3 electives to be selected from a list of offerings (and approved by the program coordinator).
Core Courses (21 credits)
- GGS 550 – Geospatial Science Fundamentals Credits: 3
- GGS 553 – Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 664 – Spatial Data Structures Credits: 3
- GGS 684 – Selected Topics in Geospatial Intelligence Credits: 3
- GGS 685 – Capstone Course in Geoinformatics Credits: 3
- GGS 680 – Earth Image Processing Credits: 3
- GGS 787 – Scientific Data Mining for Geoinformatics Credits: 3
Thesis (3 credits)
- GGS 799 – Thesis Credits: 1-6 (3 credits)
Electives (9 credits)
Students select three courses from the groups below, with no more than two from a single group (i.e. courses are taken from at least two groups):
- GGS 562 – Photogrammetry Credits: 3
- GGS 579 – Remote Sensing Credits: 3
- GGS 740 – Hyperspectral Imaging Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 760 – Advanced Remote Sensing Applications Credits: 3
- GGS 840 – Hyperspectral Imaging Applications Credits: 3
Geographic Information Science (GIS)
- GGS 563 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 653 – Geographic Information Analysis Credits: 3
- GGS 675 – Location Science Credits: 3
- GGS 772 – Cloud Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 791 – Advanced Spatial Statistics Credits: 3
- GGS 650 – Introduction to GIS Algorithms and Programming Credits: 3
- GGS 671 – Algorithms and Modeling in GIS Credits: 3
- GGS 692 – Web-based Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
- GGS 754 – Earth Science Data and Advanced Data Analysis Credits: 3
- GGS 773 – Interoperability of Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
For more information please see the George Mason University Catalog Description including Admissions and Degree Requirements and the College of Science Blurb on the Program. Also see the University Thesis, Dissertation, or Project Guide for format and content suggestions.