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Program Overview


Graduate Programs in Geospatial Information Sciences provides advanced education and training of the most up-to-date knowledge and skills of geospatial technology including GIS, remote sensing, and computing. Employers recognize the demand for well-trained GIS professionals who can apply concepts and practices of GIS application development on web and mobile platforms. GIS is a software application system that has a wide range of application areas such as transportation logistics, network analysis, emergency management, urban planning, and environmental research.

Graduate Programs in Geospatial Information Sciences includes a Master of Science and Graduate Certificate. The program welcomes full-time or part-time study. Students who successfully complete requirements for the Graduate Certificate may apply these credits towards the Master of Science if the student applies and is admitted.

  • The Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences (MS-Geospatial Information Sciences) is a 30-credit graduate program designed to be completed in fifteen months of continuous enrollment while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. The program provides state-of-the-art training in spatial analysis, statistics, programming, databases, modeling, remote sensing, Internet GIS, Mobile GIS, and Open Source GIS.  Students learn to apply scripting and object-oriented programming with Python and analyze big data with high-performance computing.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Sciences (GC-Geospatial Information Sciences) is a 12-credit graduate program designed to be completed in twelve months of continuous enrollment.  The program provides specialized training in GIS and in the application of geospatial technologies, specifically geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and modeling.
  • The Graduate Certificate in Remote Sensing (GC-Remote Sensing) is a 12-credit graduate program designed to be completed in twelve months of continuous enrollment. The program covers all major aspects of remote sensing including digital image processing and analysis; working with Lidar, drones for data collection, and also computer programming that is critical for data processing and analysis.

The MS-Geospatial Information Sciences and the GC-Geospatial Information Sciences offers two learning options: in-person or 100% online. The GC-Remote Sensing offers in-person only. The in-person option features traditional, seminar-style, instruction. Classes meet in UMD College Park campus classrooms, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment. The 100% online option uses UMD’s online learning environment to deliver content through easy-to-use web-based technology that supports engaging and interactive learning.

Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the term academic calendar with classes held in 12-week terms: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer).

Program Contact Information

Graduate Programs in Geospatial Intelligence is offered through the Department of Geographical Sciences in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. For additional information, visit:

Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Kristen Bergery
Department of Geographical Sciences
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2108 LeFrak Hall
7251 Preinkert Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-8225

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