The Master of Science in Geospatial Information Technology (MSGIT)

The Master of Science in Geospatial Information Technology (MSGIT) is a STEM-based program that prepares individuals to understand, practice and model the Reality utilizing Geospatial Intelligence. Geospatial Information Technology is an innovative powerful methodology that offers ground-breaking customer intelligence solutions that can lead to better decisions and provide competitive advantage in any field or industry.
Recent study proves that there is constant demand in a workforce with added knowledge in Geospatial technology and intelligence from an IT/Business Analyst and Manager to Chief Executive. In particular within the government and industries as: IT, Data analytics, finance, insurance, telecommunication, real estate, transportation, health, environmental management, governmental operation, emergency preparedness, defense, retail, tourism, oil/gas, HR, and numerous national and international consulting companies.

MSGIT Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the Master of Science in Geospatial Information Technology (MSGIT) program are able to:

  • Understanding of Geospatial Information analytical and modeling techniques; the differences in GIS Technology applications to government, industries, social and economic issues through Geospatial Analysis;
  • Hands-on practical experience in completing Projects through applying top-of-the-line GIS software: ArcGIS – a new standard for GIS, enhancement the business applications through introducing and utilizing different ArcGIS extensions:
  • In-depth Geospatial analysis and modeling with Spatial Analyst, Model Builder;
  • Conception of visualization enhancement through three-dimensional images and models with 3D Analyst;
  • Knowledge of customization of ArcGIS and an insight look into the nature of open source language within IT environment through applying Python and VBA language;
  • Understanding of Geometric Network constructions and real-life applications within ArcGIS environment;
  • Comprehension of applying GeoDesign and GeoModeling approach to developing GeoApps for any industry demand;
  • Experience in building up the decision/planning support systems through integrating Geographic Information Systems, statistical and business models, and visualization tools to achieve Geospatial Intelligence;

What You Will Learn

Graduates will gain unique knowledge of Geospatial Thinking and get the opportunity to utilize top-notch ArcGIS software to operate in 2-D/3-D environment, become skilled in designing Smart Cities, Geospatial Mobile Apps for providing competitive advantage to IT companies, businesses, governments, and agencies through merging GIS, Remote Sensing, GPS, and Business Intelligence technologies.

Core Courses

  • GIS500: Concepts of Geospatial Thinking and Digital Cartography
  • DACS640: Data Integration, Warehousing, Provenance, and Analysis
  • CBSC520: Data Analytics
  • GIS580: Geospatial Intelligence
  • GIS581: Geospatial Analysis and Modeling
  • GIS582: Remote Sensing, Geospatial Technology in Raster Analytics
  • GIS583: Geospatial Web Design
  • GIS584: 3-D Visualization and Mobile Programming
  • GIS586: Geospatial Business Intelligence
  • GIS587: GIS Project Management
  • GIS588: Smart Cities Concepts: Geo Analysis, Modeling and Implementation
  • GIS590: Capstone: GIS Applications in IT, Business, Management, Health & Government operations

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion.
  • Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)
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