Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies

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The Urban Studies program offers a Master of Science (MS) in Geospatial Technologies. Admission to this program is for Autumn quarter only. The degree will provide advanced training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including mobile and web-based GIS. Students will be trained in the use and application of 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.

Graduates of this program will be able to engage in the development and deployment of location-based mobile applications and management of web-based geospatial data. While technical in design, this program will maintain a theoretical/critical focus on the application of these technologies to urban and environmental issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the increasingly central role that geospatial technologies play in the governance of contemporary lived and environmental spaces.

  • Be proficient in the automation and customization of geospatial technologies such as GIS, web-based data services, locative mobile devices, and mobile and handheld geospatial sensors.

  • Recognize appropriate uses and limitation of geospatial technologies in urban and environmental planning scenarios.

  • Be equipped to carry out an independent geospatial project through all stages of conceptualization, planning, design, and implementation.

  • Be familiar with geo-visualization and representation of modeling results.