Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Geospatial Intelligence Option

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The best geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) resource is an educated analyst. The GEOINT option within the intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security is designed to increase the skills and knowledge of the analyst to produce accurate intelligence to help save lives, improve government, and assist businesses. Geospatial intelligence is applied in law enforcement and homeland security applications, such as:

  • disaster response and recovery
  • emergency preparedness
  • environmental analysis and protection
  • how criminal and terrorist groups act spatially

Why Penn State for Your GEOINT Education

The Sloan Consortium recognized Penn State’s geospatial program as the 2009 Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program.

Penn State offers five online certificates related to the homeland security program and includes the GEOINT graduate certificate. The 13 credits earned in the certificate may be applied toward the MPS in homeland security — geospatial intelligence option or the Master of Geographic Information Systems — Geospatial Intelligence option.

Who Should Apply?

The iMPS in homeland security degree — geospatial intelligence option is open to candidates who hold a bachelor's degree. The option is designed for the new or established working professional, with or without geographic information systems experience, and is ideal for those working in federal agencies such as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, USGS, NOAA, EPA, and FEMA.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Employer industries are primarily federal government agencies, but any employer with the need for mapping, management, and analysis of geographic data increasingly uses geospatial intelligence. Graduates with this option can work in various occupations:

  • geospatial analyst
  • geospatial Intelligence specialist
  • senior imagery analyst
  • imagery analyst
  • intelligence analyst
  • spectral analyst
  • GEOINT data specialist

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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