Are you interested in a career using geospatial technologies? The University of Mary Washington is located near the biggest GIS job market in the U.S.
This program is designed to address the growing demand for GIS-trained personnel in today’s working world. Geospatial technologies are a high-growth area, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, with more demand for employees than there are trained personnel to fill positions.
- Geospatial Engineer
- GIS Analyst
- GIS Specialist
- GIS Applications Developer
- Intelligence Analyst
- Photogrammetric Technician
- Field Data Collector
- Mapping Specialist
- Political Analyst
Features of the MSGA
- Class size limited to 18, ensuring access to faculty
- Designed for recent graduates with a background in GIS, and for working professionals who wish to advance their careers
- Access to state-of-the-art computer labs and extensivesoftware: ESRI, ENVI, Terrset, PCI Geomatica and more
- Enroll full or part-time
- All courses are taught face to face on the Fredericksburg campus
- All courses meet once a week, from 6-9:30 p.m.
- 30 credits required- 6, 4-credit courses and a 6-credit research project.
- Click here for full admission criteria.
Required Core Courses (12 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 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)
Select three of the following:
- MSGA 520 – GeoDesign and Geovisualization
- MSGA 550 – Remote Sensing & Digital Imagery
- MSGA 570 – Geospatial Intelligence
- MSGA 571 – Special Topics in Geospatial Analysis
- MSGA 580 – Web GIS and Programming
- MSGA 591 – Individual Study
Capstone (6 credits)
- MSGA 595 – Independent Research Project
The MSGA program emphasizes instruction in theory and practical applications related to the capture, management, analysis, and display of spatial information. The program provides students with a technical foundation and geographic knowledge base to apply geospatial tools to a myriad of problems such as crime analysis, transportation engineering, urban planning, emergency preparedness, resource management, facilities management, climate change, and marketing.
This is a coherent program designed to assure the mastery of specific knowledge and skills, such as programming within a geospatial environment, report writing, critical spatial analysis and solving problems. Capstone projects have been completed on diverse topics including visualization, sea level change, conservation, climate and ecosystem modeling, health issues, urbanization and flooding, landscape reconstruction and more. The MSGA offers a learning and growth opportunity within driving distance of some of the nation’s leading government and corporate geospatial agencies.
For additional information, please contact:
The Office of Graduate Admissions