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A Geospatial Intelligence Analytics Certificate

Penn State's online GEOINT Analytics certificate can prepare you to use critical thinking, knowledge of human and physical geography, problem-solving abilities, and geographic information technologies to confront challenges such as disaster response, emergency management, and military operations. As a student, you may:

  • integrate science, analytics, and the intelligence disciplines to identify prominent threats to civil security
  • learn how remote-sensing systems are utilized to address typical problem scenarios faced by the GEOINT professional
  • understand how GIS facilitates data analysis and communication to address common problems
  • apply and interpret results of non-quantitative analysis and modeling techniques

The geospatial analytics market expects to see massive growth between 2018 and 2023. Our online geospatial intelligence analytics graduate certificate program can help you advance your career as a geospatial intelligence analyst — and you can complete this highly regarded certificate in as little as 12 to 15 months.

The Penn State Difference

Recognition — Penn State's online geospatial education program has been a trusted leader in online education since 1998. More than 6,000 GIS and GEOINT professionals have turned to us to help them advance their career. You can feel confident that you are adding a well-known, highly respected credential to your résumé.

USGIF–Accredited Penn State's online GEOINT Analytics certificate program is fully accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). When you earn a certificate in GEOINT Analytics from Penn State, you will also receive a certificate from the USGIF.

Maximum Flexibility Our program is also uniquely structured across five 10-week terms, with two sessions that overlap in the fall and spring term. This schedule allows you to seek financial aid and provides greater flexibility for completing your degree at your preferred pace.

Two Credentials, One Path — Your GEOINT certificate can be a "stand alone" credential or serve as a "step-up" into higher-level graduate work. Our stackable curriculum gives you the option to apply up to 15 credits from the GEOINT certificate into the Master of Geographic Information Systems or Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security programs, should you be accepted into one of these program.

Penn State's Online GEOINT Curriculum

As a student, you will apply spatial tools and analyze data to solve problems and then effectively communicate and leverage your findings. This 15-credit program combines advanced geospatial information science and technology knowledge and cognitive processes including theories, methodologies, techniques, ethics, and best practices to resolve complicated situations related to national security, disaster response, resource preservation, business intelligence, and more.

We continually integrate emerging trends and advanced methodologies into our curriculum to ensure you receive an education that is relevant and applicable in today's highly competitive workforce. Some online courses may be taken to fulfill professional development requirements.

Who Should Apply?

If you are a GEOINT professional working in such fields as national security, disaster response, environmental resource preservation, or business, this certificate program was designed for you. If you are a beginner or novice, please consider our Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Applications, also offered fully online by Penn State World Campus.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Penn State's online certificate in GEOINT Analytics can help start or advance your career as a:

  • geospatial intelligence analyst
  • midsenior-level geospatial intelligence analyst
  • imagery analyst
  • intelligence image analyst
  • remote sensing scientist or technician
  • remote sensing program manager

Accelerated Admission to the Online Master of GIS (MGIS) program

This certificate can help you take the next step into higher-level graduate studies. Any geospatial certificate student who earns a 3.67 GPA or higher after completing the first three courses of the certificate may apply to the MGIS program through this new option. Students in the MGIS program may elect a specialized option in geospatial intelligence. Advantages of accelerated admission include:

  • No GRE test is required
  • No professional experience is required
  • No letters of recommendation are required

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, so you can learn about your admission decision even earlier. Up to 15 credits of certificate program courses may also count toward the MGIS degree. Learn more about how you may qualify for the Master of GIS accelerated admission option.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

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