Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies

Program Overview

The Urban Studies Program offers a Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies degree. Admission is open during autumn quarter only and will be comprised of a 20 student cohort.  The degree will provide advanced training in GIS, training students to use and apply geospatial hardware, software, and data in urban and environmental planning scenarios.  It will also prepare students to become leaders in the management and utilization of geospatial technologies within the job market -- public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.  It will also offer training in the development and deployment of location-based mobile applications and management of web-based geospatial data. This program will maintain a theoretical/critical focus on the application of these technologies to urban and environmental problem solving. 

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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the increasingly central role that geospatial technologies play in the governance of contemporary lived and environmental spaces.
  2. Be proficient in the automation and customization of geospatial technologies such as GIS, web-based data services, locative mobile devices, and mobile & handheld geospatial sensors.
  3. Recognize appropriate uses and limitation of geospatial technologies in urban and environmental planning scenarios.
  4. Be equipped to carry out an independent geospatial project through all stages of conceptualization, planning, design, and implementation.
  5. Geo-visualization and representation of modeling results.

Instructional Faculty

Matt Kelley
Ph.D. Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007

Ali Modarres
Ph.D. Geography, University of Arizona, 1983

Britta Ricker
Ph.D. Geography, Simon Fraser University, 2014
Jim Thatcher
Ph.D. Geography, Clark University, 2014
All Urban Studies faculty