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Graduate Programs in GIS, Spatial Data Science, and Geospatial Intelligence

Learn the latest in web mapping, remote sensing/UAV, location intelligence, spatial analytics, and more. Our ever-evolving curriculum integrates the latest innovations to ensure you gain a relevant skill set that can be put to work immediately across a range of commercial and open source platforms.

Graduate Degrees

Geographic Information Systems - GIS (Master's Degree)
Gain the expertise to design and leverage geographic information systems and spatial analysis tools to tackle real-world problems that impact people and our planet. This online GIS master's degree program allows for flexibility and customization.
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Homeland Security – Intelligence and Geospatial Analysis Option (Master of Professional Studies)
Combine intelligence analysis with geospatial science and technology to gain situational awareness and provide a decisive 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 assessments.
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Spatial Data Science (Master of Science)
Learn to create novel solutions that leverage vast amounts of spatial data to solve location-based challenges. This online master’s degree program offers unmatched depth and breadth in spatial data science and will help you seize new opportunities in geospatial science and industry.
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Graduate Certificates

Geographic Information Systems - GIS (Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
This online certificate program provides students with hands-on course experiences using the latest tools in the GIS industry. Choose from two different tracks — a foundational track for the GIS novice or an experienced professional’s track for students with a strong working knowledge of GIS.
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Geospatial Intelligence Analytics (Graduate Certificate)
Gain an understanding of how GIS facilitates data analysis and communication to address common problems. This online certificate program can help seasoned practitioners obtain the expertise to advance their career as a geospatial intelligence or imagery analyst.
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Geospatial Intelligence Applications (Postbaccalaureate Certificate)
Gain an introduction to the theory, methodologies, and ethics behind the professional application of geospatial intelligence. This program is for students with little or no experience in this area, to help them learn how to apply analytical skills in ways that can solve large-scale problems.
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Geospatial Programming and Web Map Development (Graduate Certificate)
Expand your web mapping and coding skills with this online certificate program. Geospatial professionals can learn to create web-based interactive mapping applications that support spatial data science. Prior programming experience is not required.
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Remote Sensing and Earth Observation (Graduate Certificate)
Learn to leverage data gathered from drones, satellites, and lidar. This certificate focuses on remote sensing, terrain mapping, and image analysis and draws upon the resources of one of the most respected online GIS programs in the U.S.
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We Are…Where You Are

We’ve worked with more than 7,000 students on all seven continents since 1999. Our students and alumni work in over 150 geospatial companies and organizations around the world in every major sector of the mapping, GIS, and GEOINT industries.

MGIS Graduate Makes Maps That Matter

Angie Chang with lion shrine

While working at Amnesty International, Angela Chang managed research projects incorporating the use of geospatial intelligence methods to monitor and document human rights abuses in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The findings have been used to corroborate witness testimony and have helped influence U.S. government policies in these areas. Chang received the prestigious Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award and now works in intelligence for a U.S. federal agency. Learn More

Image: Angela Chang, human rights advocate and MGIS Graduate

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This is the real Penn State. You will take the same classes with the same curriculum developed by the same professors who teach courses at our brick and mortar campuses. You can expect the same caliber of academic quality that you associate with Penn State.