The Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services is a results-oriented program that explores a range of topics essential to the geographic information systems (GIS) field.
The fast-growing field of Geospatial Services includes techniques that may be applied across a wide range of disciplines and industries, from geography and archeology to urban planning and natural resources management. The online program is designed to improve each student’s technical expertise by explaining advanced concepts and techniques in areas such as raster-based GIS, geospatial information, and GIS modeling. It also offers hands-on GIS training that prepares graduates to competently apply their knowledge in their specific field of interest. Students enrolled in this program can explore the world of geospatial intelligence and innovation and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.
Geospatial intelligence and GIS
Speed and flexible data acquisition and analysis
Information extraction and methods for tackling problems for large-scale automation
Web apps, emergency response, and disaster management
Emerging technologies with sensing as a service
RADAR, LiDAR, hyperspectral, and electro-opitcal imaging capabilities
The Northeastern University Master’s in Geospatial Services program was developed to serve growing demands for highly skilled geospatial professionals, offering cutting-edge concentrations in geographic information systems, geospatial analytics and remote sensing (earth observation).
Northeastern’s Geospatial Services program is nationally recognized as an online NGA-USGS Academic Center of Excellence in Geospatial Science and USGIF accredited. The two awards are complementary and help to provide quality assurance for employers seeking students who meet 21st-century analytical workforce requirements. In a digital age where the vast majority of data has a location and time, geospatial systems provide the means to work and visualize it to reveal complex dynamics, patterns, and relationships.
Online program allows for flexibility and remote learning
Hands-on experience working across multiple software environments, including commercial and open-source products, such as ESRI, ENVI, PCI Geomatica, GeoIntelligence, and project management software
Option to participate in Co-op Program, Experiential Learning and Capstone Project
Students who complete the USGIF certified courses from our accredited program can receive USGIF’s Geospatial Intelligence Certificate
Provide hands-on experience with software from ESRI, the industry leader in GIS
Improve the understanding of Internet GIS
Explore the fundamentals of remote sensing
Secure foundational skills in project management, system implementation, database development, and implementation
Evaluate the theoretical, mathematical, and computational foundations of GIS
Learn to effectively interpret and apply geographic information
Analyze cartographic principles
Study the legal, economic, and ethical issues associated with GIS
Examine practical applications of GIS to support geographic inquiry and decision making
Northeastern University's Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services program is USGIF accredited. The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is the only organization dedicated to bringing together industry, academia, government, professional organizations, and stakeholders to exchange ideas, share best practices, and promote the education and importance of a national geospatial intelligence agenda.
Unique Transfer Credit Opportunity
Do you hold GEOINT Certification Program (GCP) credentials through the NGA under the authority of the Defense GEOINT (GCP-F, GPC IA-II, GPC CA-II or GPC GDM-II equivalent)? If yes, you can accelerate through the Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services at Northeastern University by applying your credential(s) in exchange for transfer credit.
Successful applicants can experience the following:
Receive up to 12 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 25% savings in tuition
Satisfy PDU credential requirements under the creditable graduate Academic Study category
Enjoy the convenience of a 100% online, interactive curriculum
Build your resumé and strengthen your skills in remote sensing (Earth Observation) and geospatial analytics.
Successful completion of GEOINT Certification Program (GCP) applies to all cleared Department of Defense (DoD) civilian, military, and contractor practitioners in GEOINT-related work roles throughout the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG). GCP can also apply to non-DoD members of the NSG with GEOINT equities.
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Trend data suggests that geographic information technology (GIT) is related to the overall increase in interest in big data analytics. Geographic information technology and related systems are able to capture and model all types of spatial and geographic data, often useful for business or government intelligence, location-enabled services, and the planning and management of logistics, among many other purposes. Analysts who are trained in GIT are well-informed in how to produce, aggregate, and manipulate geographic/spatial data in order to drive decisions or services in any number of fields or industries. With the advent of mobile technology, the utility of GIT and employment of analysts with this expertise is expected to grow.
What are our graduates doing? Explore our alumni map, created in-house, which shows positions held by our recent GIT alumni around the globe.
"It’s not just about big data analytics or data visualization. It’s about being able to use this constant stream of information in a geospatial sense."
A graduate degree, certificate, and bootcamp from Northeastern—a top-40 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
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Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.
Start date: January 8, 2018
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Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Services General Requirements
GIS 6980 should be taken as the final course in the program.
PJM 5900 is required for students who do not have at least two years of professional experience working on projects. This course is only intended for those who are not familiar with professional project work. Students with two years or more of professional project experience may substitute PJM 6000 for PJM 5900
GIS 5101 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5102 - Fundamentals of GIS Analysis
RMS 5105 - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
GIS 5201 - Advanced Spatial Analysis
GIS 6980 - Capstone
1.00 - 4.00
Complete two of the following:
ITC 6020 - Information Systems Design and Development
ITC 6045 - Information Technology Policy, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
LDR 6125 - Managing Organizational Culture
PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
Open electives can be fulfilled by choosing either 6 q.h. from any of concentration courses listed or COP 6940 and 3 q.h. from the concentration course lists.
COP 6940 - Personal and Career Development
3.00 - 4.00
INT 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
If students prefer to focus their studies on a particular concentration, they may select 18 q.h. from one of the concentrations below and complement their studies with 6 q.h. of open elective courses, to meet the minimum 45 q.h. degree requirement. Students are not required to complete a concentration. Any combination of 24 q.h. from concentration and elective courses will satisfy degree requirements.
Choose one from the following:
Geographic Information Systems
Complete six of the following:
GIS 6320 - Use and Applications of Free and Open-Source GIS Desktop Software
GIS 6340 - GIS Customization
GIS 6350 - Planning a GIS Implementation
GIS 6360 - Spatial Databases
GIS 6370 - Internet-Based GIS
GIS 6385 - GIS/Cartography
GIS 6390 - Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
GIS 6391 - Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
GIS 6395 - Geospatial Analysis of Crime
GIS 6396 - GIS for Defense, Homeland Security, and Emergency Response
RMS 6110 - Digital Image Processing
Complete five of the following:
RMS 6215 - Unmanned Aerial Systems for Geospatial Analysts
RMS 6230 - Remote Sensing and Global Change
RMS 6240 - Introduction to Radar and LIDAR Remote Sensing
RMS 6250 - Remote Sensing of Vegetation
RMS 6270 - Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
RMS 6280 - Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
RMS 6290 - Spectroscopic Image Analysis
RMS 6292 - Photogrammetry and GPS
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
ALY 6110 - Data Management and Big Data
ALY 6020 - Predictive Analytics
ALY 6040 - Data Mining Applications
ALY 6070 - Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics
Topics (Text Mining)
Open elective from GIS, RMS (3.00 quarter hours)
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
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