Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence

The Center for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS) at the University of Maryland is pleased to present the Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence (MPS GEOINT). The MPS GEOINT program provides workforce-focused technical training that gives graduates the skills and expertise to lead new initiatives in the rapidly shifting landscape of GEOINT applications, data collection systems, analytic methods, and mission support. 

The MPS GEOINT program encompasses a 30-credit (10 units of 3-credit courses) course structure comprised of five core courses and five elective courses that can be taken on a flexible schedule. The MPS GEOINT degree can be completed in as little as 15 months for full-time registrants.

The CGIS also offers a Graduate (Post-Baccalaureate) Certificate in Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence (GCPS GEOINT) that entails 12 credits based on four courses. The credits earned from a GCPS GEOINT can be transferred towards the MPS GEOINT.

Either program may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, and may be taken fully online or on-site (The Capstone course does require every MPS student to travel to campus to present project results). Courses are offered during evenings and are scheduled in 12-week quarter terms.

Courses offered in GEOINT programs are also available for non-degree seeking students. For more information on how to register as non-degree seeking students, please visit non-degree-admissions. Non-degree seeking students may transfer a maximum of nine (9) credits to an MPS or Graduate Certificate program, contingent on admission to the degree or certificate program and on the approval of the faculty in the program.

The application deadline for admission in Spring 2019 is February 15, 2019
MPS GEOINT is currently accepting international applications for Fall 2019, and the deadline for international applications is March 15, 2019.

For more details or inquiries, please contact our Director of Programs Dr. Ruibo Han at


The Center for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS) recently became an Academic Partner of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).  The USGIF is a worldwide leader in promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft across the defense, intelligence, and academic communities.  Students in our GEOINT program will benefit from this partnership through expanded access to cutting-edge technologies and tradecraft best practices as well as new opportunities to build a diverse professional network.


Our Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence program is accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). USGIF is the only organization dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft in the USA, and its accreditation of collegiate Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Programs awards us the ability to offer students GEOINT certificates accompanying a UMD graduate certificate. The University of Maryland is one of the 15 accredited schools in the USA. 

The accreditated program benefits our students, college, university, industry, government, and the GEOINT Community at large, by ensuring current hiring needs are reflected in cross-disciplinary classroom coursework. A USGIF GEOINT Certificate proves to hiring organizations that the holder is ready to work in the GEOINT Community. Students know that the GEOINT certificate ensures they have the skills to start working in the ever-expanding, global GEOINT Community.


Please stay tuned to our twitter account (@GISUMD) and website for online and on-site information sessions for our GEOINT programs. The most recent information session was held on Nov 20th.

UMD MPS GEOINT Online Information Session
Monday, November 20, 2017
7:00 pm  |  Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)


Play recording (38 min 45 sec)

Geospatial applications details for spring and fall