Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies

Program Overview

The Urban Studies Program is launching a Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies starting Autumn 2014.  Admission will be for the 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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Program Design

The forty credit program is one year (4 consecutive quarters, Aut/Win/Spr/Sum) and consists of the following courses:

Quarter Course Credits
Autumn Introduction to Geospatial Technology 5
Autumn GIS Customization and Automation 5
Winter Web-based GIS 5
Winter Mobile Geospatial Application Development 5
Spring Urban Planning Applications 5
Spring Environmental Planning Applications 5
Spring Practicum I: Planning and Design 5
Summer Practicum II: Implementation 5
  Total Credits 40

This is a non-thesis MS program.  The last two courses will focus on a practicum/capstone project which will be designed with the approval of a faculty member and completed as the final degree program requirement. To complete this degree a student must complete a total of eight courses at UW Tacoma.  Each course will be five credits for a total of forty credits in the program.  Courses cannot be substituted or taken at any other institution.

 

Prerequisites

Completion of a one year GIS certification program or one year experience working with GIS.  Equivalent coursework or experience will be considered upon request.  Students currently enrolled in the Urban Studies GIS Certificate Program may apply, but all prerequisites must be completed before the start of the program in September.

 

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.
 

Admission Requirements

The University of Washington Graduate School and the Urban Studies Program require:

1)  A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
2)  An overall grade-point average of 3.0 calculated from the applicant's final 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
3)  Admission into this program does not require a Graduate Records Exam (GRE).

Application package will include:

1)  Required UW Graduate School Application
    Note:  At this time the UW Graduate School online application portal for this program is in the process of being set up.  As a result, you can set up your online profile but cannot select the name of the program of pay the application fee. If you wish to receive a notification when you can complete this portion of the application, subscribe to the 'uwtgeospatial' listserve here.
2)  Two letters of reference
3)  Statement of purpose:  2 page double-spaced maximum (including previous experience with or in GIS)
4)  Resume/CV
5)  Unofficial transcript from the college/university where undergraduate degree earned*

*The Graduate School verifies official transcripts at time of admission. If you are offered admission, you will be required to mail official, hard-copy transcript from the institution that granted the bachelor's degree to the University of Washington Graduate Enrollment Management Services for verification. If you are a UW alumnus, the Graduate School verifies your official transcript on your behalf and official transcripts do not need to be mailed. 

Application Procedures & Deadlines

NEW!   Autumn 2014 application review will begin on June 9.  Applications accepted until the program is full. 
Autumn 2015 early application deadline is January 15, 2015; secondary application deadline is March 15, 2015.

The UW Graduate School and MS in Geospatial Technologies application can be found online at https://www.grad.washington.edu/applForAdmiss/ 
Each application to the graduate school requires a non-refundable $85 application fee. 

Step 1:  Create a "new applicant profile"

Provide your contact and other personal information at the University of Washington Graduate School application website.

Step 2: Email Julia Smith when the new applicant profile is complete.  She will work with you to complete the remainder of the application.  At this time the UW Graduate School online application portal for this new program is being set up.  For now proceed to Step 3.

Step 3:  Submit supplemental materials directly to the Urban Studies Program, Attn: Julia Smith, 1900 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA 98402-3100

   a)  Two letters of reference
   b)  Statement of purpose:  2 page double-spaced maximum (including previous experience in GIS)
   c)  Resume/CV
   d)  One unofficial transcript from every college/university attended.  If the degree is in progress, send the most recent transcript available from that college/university.

Costs

Graduate students take 40 credits. Tuition may change annually, and the current rates are posted here (excludes books, tech course fees, room & board, transportation, and personal expenses).

 

Financial Aid

For information about aid eligibility, contact the UW Tacoma Financial Aid Office at uwtfa@uw.edu, telephone 253.692.4374.

 

International students

Applicants with international baccalaureate degree or higher

January 15, 2015  (for Autumn quarter 2015 start) is the final date for applicants with international baccalaureate degrees or higher to apply to the MS in Geospatial Technologies.

Your international transcript must include:

  • Degree statement, including date of graduation and title of academic degree awarded
  • All coursework with grades 
  • The record must be submitted in the original language along with a certified English translation

For application review you may provide copies if they meet the criteria outlined above.

If you are admitted to the MSGT program and choose to attend, then the UW Graduate School will require you to submit official International Academic Credentials.  For additional information on this requirement, refer to the UW Graduate School website.

 

English language proficiency

The UW Graduate School requires proof of English language proficiency as outlined in Graduate School Memoranda #8.

 

Instructional Faculty

Matt Kelley

Ali Modarres

Britta Ricker
Jim Thatcher
All Urban Studies faculty