Masters in Geospatial Analysis

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Come to an information session and learn more about MSGA!

The MSGA program will provide you with the ability to master geospatial technology and critically assess data and results to ask and answer spatial questions. Intended for recent graduates with a major, minor, certificate, or multiple courses in geospatial technology, and for professionals already working in geospatial fields, the program integrates theory and technical training with critical thinking, project management, and communication skills – giving you the competitive advantage you need to advance your career in the high-growth geospatial technology industry.

“BAE Systems has over 30 years of experience providing full-spectrum analytic and production support to the Department of Defense, much of which is GIS and geospatially focused. The cadre of [UMW] MSGA graduates would immensely strengthen our GIS candidate pipeline for future proposal efforts and aid in filling current senior positions locally and across the nation.”

–Chris Bellios, VP/GM of National Analysis

Program Structure

The MSGA is a 30-credit hour non-thesis degree that emphasizes instruction in theory and practical applications, and prepares students for professional careers. It is a cohesive, highly structured program designed to ensure the mastery of specific knowledge and skills; there are no electives or concentrations. Entering students will have either undergraduate course work in GIS or professional experience with GIS. Students may enroll full- or part-time; part-time students may take one or two courses per semester. The program comprises:

• six 4-credit required courses (24 credit hours)
• one 6-credit capstone project or two 3-credit capstone courses

Classes will be held in the evenings so as to meet the needs of part-time students. All master’s degree students will have access to the GIS laboratory 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students will be able to communicate with professors by telephone and email, as well as in person. In addition, the Geography Department office manager will answer questions and process paperwork during regular office hours.

The Curriculum for the program is flexible, allowing students to focus on their areas of interest.

Required Core Courses (12 credits) – All courses are 4 credits

MSGA 510 – Spatial Thinking

MSGA 540 – Modeling and Spatial Statistics

MSGA 555 – Programming for GIS*

* Students who have completed an undergraduate GIS programming course equivalent to GISC 450 prior to matriculation may substitute MSGA 580 for MSGA 555. If MSGA 580 taken as the core, it cannot also count as an elective.

Elective Courses** (12 credits) – Students select 3 of the following – All courses are 4 credits

MSGA 520 – GeoDesign and Geovisualization

MSGA 550 – Remote Sensing and Digital Imagery

MSGA 570 – Geospatial Intelligence

MSGA 571 – Special Topics in Geospatial Analysis

MSGA 580 – Web GIS and Programming

** If approved by a faculty member and the program director, students may substitute 4 credits of MSGA 591 for one elective

Capstone/Independent Research (6 credits)

MSGA 595 – Capstone Project (1-6 credits)***

*** The last 3 credit hours must be taken in the last semester of the program

Please see UMW Graduate Catalog for course descriptions.

 

Proposed MSGA courses for the coming three years
Fall 2019 Spring 2020
MSGA 510 Spatial Thinking MSGA 540 Spatial Statistics
MSGA 550 Remote Sensing MSGA 555 Programming for GIS
MSGA 555 Programming for GIS MSGA 571 Applications of GIS
MSGA 570 GeoIntelligence MSGA 580 Web Programming
Fall 2020 Spring 2021
MSGA 510 Spatial Thinking MSGA 540 Spatial Statistics
MSGA 520 GeoDesign & Geovis MSGA 555 Programming for GIS
MSGA 550 Remote Sensing MSGA 570 GeoIntelligence
MSGA 555 Programming for GIS MSGA 580 Web Programming
Fall 2021 Spring 2022
MSGA 510 Spatial Thinking MSGA 540 Spatial Statistics
MSGA 550 Remote Sensing MSGA 555 Programming for GIS
MSGA 555 Programming for GIS MSGA 570 GeoIntelligence
MSGA 571 Applications of GIS MSGA 580 Web Programming
Substitutions related to work experience: We anticipate that some students will have expertise in either remote sensing (MSGA 550) or geospatial data management (MSGA 580). A student with the appropriate background, training and experience may petition the program director to substitute one of these courses with an independent study:

• MSGA 591 – Independent Study (4 credits)

Length of Program

Earn a degree at your own pace – either as a full- or part-time student. By attending full time, you can complete the program in one year. If you enroll part time and take at least one course per semester, you can complete the degree requirements in three years.