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Master of Professional Studies in
Homeland Security - Geospatial Intelligence Option

Program Summary

Use geospatial science and technology to gain situational awareness and provide a decision advantage in preventing and responding to homeland security threats. This online degree program can help improve the accuracy of your organization's most critical intelligence reports.

How To Apply
Apply by July 1 to start August 23

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

33 Credits $924 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

The best geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) resource is an educated analyst. The GEOINT option within the intercollege Master of Professional Studies (iMPS) in Homeland Security, offered in partnership with Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Online Geospatial Education, 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 such law enforcement, homeland security, emergency management, and business applications as:

  • investigating organized crime and serial criminal activity
  • anticipating and preventing terrorist activities
  • detecting and assessing threats from criminal and terrorist groups
  • preparing for and responding to emergencies and disasters
  • gaining a geographic advantage over an adversary

The Penn State Difference

Online Flexibility — The flexibility of studying when and where you want can give you the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge while maintaining your current responsibilities.

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.

Applicable Skill Set — We take a pragmatic, hands-on approach in the program. Our curriculum extends beyond theory so you gain relevant skills that you can apply immediately in the workplace.

Two Credentials, One Path — Our stackable curriculum gives you the option to begin your program of study with our Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analytics. The 13 credits earned in that certificate program may be applied toward the requirements for this master's degree, allowing you to add two credentials to your résumé.

Homeland Security - GEOINT Curriculum

As a student in the program, you will learn to:

  • use space-time thinking, knowledge of human and physical geography, problem-solving techniques, and geographic information technologies to improve decision-making
  • identify and assess potential threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences within a geospatial context
  • evaluate scientific evidence and best practices to understand how criminals and terrorists behave spatially and improve real-world decisions
  • apply leadership skills and principles to produce and act on information in a collaborative setting
  • communicate the major issues of your discipline effectively to a diverse group

Who Should Apply?

The iMPS in Homeland Security - 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, Department of Homeland Security, 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, including:

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

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. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of more than 100 years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.

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