MSGA 510 – Spatial thinking: Laboratory. Students will learn to identify, explain, and find meaning in spatial patterns and relationships, such as site conditions, how places are similar and different, the influence of a land feature on its neighbors, the nature of transitions between places, how places are linked at local, regional, and/or global scales.  Through readings, discussions, and laboratory assignments, students will learn how to frame research questions and engage with relevant literatures to create research designs appropriate for GIS (4 credits).

MSGA 520 – GeoDesign and Geovisualization: Laboratory. This course will require students to integrate a variety of theories concerning the nature and uses of maps and geographic information with technical practice in cartographic design and geovisualization. Laboratory will meet weekly; assignments will be weekly or bi-weekly (4 credits).

MSGA 540 – Modeling and Spatial Statistics: Laboratory. This course focuses on the application of statistics and spatial models in GIS.  It will cover concepts of quantitative methods, the use of statistical procedures in problem solving, and applications of quantitative methods and spatial analysis throughout a series of geographic problems. Weekly laboratory assignments will provide practical experience. Topics include: point pattern analysis, areal data analysis, MAUP, gravity models, spatial autocorrelation, geostatistics (i.e., variograms and kriging) and network analysis (4 credits).

MSGA 550 – Remote Sensing and Digital Imagery: Laboratory. This course is focused on the analysis of remotely sensed images with an emphasis on the use of satellite imagery and digital processing techniques in geographical research.  This course is designed for early graduate students or advanced undergraduates who are interested in pursuing careers or scientific work in the remote sensing and geospatial technology fields. Practical applications of digital image analysis will be provided in weekly laboratories (4 credits).

“Next Tier Concepts (NT Concepts) Inc. is a woman-owned small business focusing on software development, geospatial solutions, and data analytics. Our current staff has more than six employees who received their degrees from University of Mary Washington. NT Concepts is excited about the opportunity to hire graduates of the [Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis] program.”

–Christopher A. Powell, Chief Technology Officer

MSGA 570 – Geospatial Intelligence: Laboratory. The course will focus on the acquisition, methodologies, analysis, presentation and reporting of imagery and mapping data referencing activities on the earth with a focus on intelligence. Due to data availability and breadth of subject, non-military applications of the geospatial intelligence approach will be stressed. Topics may include food security, environmental and health risks, urban planning, and crime (including terrorism) analysis. Laboratory will meet weekly; assignments will be weekly or bi-weekly (4 credits).

MSGA 580 – Geospatial Data and Services on the Web: Laboratory. In this course, students will acquire the knowledge needed to share GIS content on the Web or across the enterprise using relevant programming techniques. The course will focus on workflows to publish maps, imagery, geoprocessing models, and feature templates for use in Web applications that support visualization, analysis, and editing of GIS resources. Laboratory will meet weekly; assignments will be weekly or bi-weekly (4 credits).

MSGA 591 – Independent Study: With permission from the director of the GIS program, this course may substitute for MSGA 550 or MSGA 580. Students will work with a faculty member to create a set of readings and assignments culminating in a project equivalent to those assigned in the course which they are substituting. Application of appropriate geospatial technologies using the computer laboratory is expected (4 credits).

MSGA 595 – Capstone project: Prerequisites: Completion of MSGA 510 and MSGA 520, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and approval of the faculty adviser.  Final 3 credits cannot be taken until all other degree requirements are completed.  An intensive independent research project utilizing theories, methods, and techniques acquired in the program. A proposal, report and final presentation are required (1-6 credits).

Course Schedule


  • MSGA 510
  • MSGA 540
  • MSGA 550


  • MSGA 520
  • MSGA 570
  • MSGA 580

For Capstone information students must consult with their advisers.