Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence, MS
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The program 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 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 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
University-wide admissions policies can be found in Graduate Admissions Policies.
To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.
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 a regionally 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).
|GGS 550||Geospatial Science Fundamentals||3|
|GGS 553||Geographic Information Systems||3|
|GGS 664||Spatial Data Structures||3|
|GGS 684||Selected Topics in Geospatial Intelligence||3|
|GGS 685||Capstone Course in Geoinformatics||3|
|GGS 680||Earth Image Processing||3|
|GGS 787||Scientific Data Mining for Geoinformatics||3|
|Select three courses from the groups below (course selections must also be approved by the program coordinator), with no more than two from a single group (i.e. courses are taken from at least two groups):||9|
|Hyperspectral Imaging Systems|
|Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing|
|Hyperspectral Imaging Applications|
Geographic Information Science:
|Advanced Geographic Information Systems|
|Geographic Information Analysis|
|Cloud Geographic Information Systems|
|Advanced Spatial Statistics|
|Introduction to GIS Algorithms and Programming|
|Algorithms and Modeling in GIS|
|Web-based Geographic Information Systems|
|Earth Science Data and Advanced Data Analysis|
|Interoperability of Geographic Information Systems|
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.