The Master of Science in Geospatial Intelligence (MS 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 MS 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 MS GEOINT degree can be completed in as little as 15 months for full-time registrants. Our Master of Science in GEOINT program is one of a few programs in USA that have received the USGIF accreditation.

The CGIS also offers a Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence (GC GEOINT) that is based on 15 credits of 5 courses. The credits earned from a GC GEOINT can be transferred to the MS GEOINT. Our GC GEOINT program is one of a few Graduate Certificates in USA that have received the USGIF accreditation.

Students enrolled in the MS may earn a Graduate Certificate while completing the degree. 

Courses are offered during evenings and are scheduled in 12-week quarter terms. Either program may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, and may be taken Hybrid (in-person/online) or Online-only. Students are admitted to the program during either the Fall or Spring terms

For more details or inquiries, please contact our Director of Programs ruibo [at] (Dr. Ruibo Han) at geog-geoint [at]


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The Master of Science in Geospatial Intelligence (MS GEOINT) program encompasses a 30-credit (10 units of 3-credit courses) course structure comprising five core courses and a selection of five courses among electives.

The Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence (GC GEOINT) program entails 15 credits from five courses (GEOG661, GEOG662, GEOG697 and two elective courses). The GC GEOINT is considered a subset of the MS GEOINT: the credits earned from a GC GEOINT can be transferred towards the MS GEOINT. Our GC GEOINT program is one of a few Graduate Certificates in USA that have received the USGIF accreditation.

Courses offered in MS and GC GEOINT expose students to material far beyond the existing offerings in geospatial information sciences (GIS) at UMD, and they cater to an entirely new population seeking employment and skills in the intelligence industry. MS and GC GEOINT provide us some “cover” at the higher end of the geospatial intelligence job market and specifically help UMD to distinguish itself from a growing cohort of university programs that are offering basic software-oriented GIS courses at the lower end of the market.

Courses are delivered in a hybrid format: Instructors present lectures and lead discussions tangibly in a classroom setting, while also streaming the lectures Online. Students that can attend in person may do so, while those that require access remotely can also participate (via Zoom). Similarly, laboratory sessions may be attended tangibly, or students may access instruction remotely using video conferencing and virtual machine access to our software and data at UMD.

Courses are scheduled in evenings (e.g. 5:30 pm - 8 pm) to accommodate working professionals. 

Program Course List:

The MS and GC in GEOINT consist of the following courses:

Course #
Course Title
Fundamentals of Geospatial Intelligence
Advances in Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing
Geospatial Intelligence Systems and Platforms
Algorithms for Geospatial Intelligence Analysis
Capstone Project: Problem-Solving in Geospatial Intelligence
Big Data Analytics
Geospatial Intelligence Networks
Open Source Intelligence
Hazards and Emergency Management
Elective Machine Learning and Data Mining 3
Mobile GIS and Geocomputing
Applied GEOINT - Regional GeoStrategic Issues
Intro to Programming for GIS*
Advanced Programming and Scripting for GIS*
Advanced Remote Sensing Using Lidar*
Drones and Data Collection*
Web GIS*

*Note: Courses* are shared from the MS GIS program.

Courses are subject to updates with the emergence of new technologies in the GEOINT industry.


Prerequisite Course List:

To get admission, the applicants are not required to have any GIS background. However, before starting the program, students must meet the GIS prerequisite. For students applying for Graduate Certificate and Masters track, only GIS is required as a prerequisite.  The prerequisite course Introduction to GIS is offered online during the summer proceeding the fall term when the program starts. You can either take the prerequisite courses here at the University of Maryland or an equivalent course at other institutions. The prerequisite course does not count toward the degree. It is highly recommended for applicants who need to take a prerequisite course at UMD to submit their applications before the summer term starts.

Course Title
Introduction to GIS

Course Descriptions

GEOG661: Fundamentals of GEOINT
Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) is the collection, analysis, visualization and dissemination of geospatial information to support decision-making.  This course introduces the fundamental knowledge required to become a successful GEOINT practitioner, including the history of the GEOINT discipline, the intelligence applications of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, and how GEOINT products are used to support national security and humanitarian missions.  Upon completion of this course you will understand the roles that technology, policy, doctrine, government, and industry play in shaping the Geospatial Intelligence discipline, and develop the technical knowledge and domain expertise to create basic GEOINT products that provide context for decision-makers. 

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG662: Advances in GIS and Remote Sensing
Assuming a basic understanding of geographic information systems and services, and remote sensing techniques, this course focuses on state-of-the-art advances in geographic information science and remote sensing as they support geospatial intelligence. The course will focus on synergies between GIS and remote sensing in informatics, computer science, and spatial engineering, and their application to problem domains in human systems, physical systems, and cyberspace. Advances in GIS presents recent advances regarding fundamental issues of geo-spatial information science (space and time, spatial analysis, uncertainty modeling and geo-visualization), and new scientific and technological research initiatives for geo-spatial information science (such as spatial data mining, mobile data modeling, and location-based services). Advances in remote sensing will provide the opportunity to understand and work with the latest developments in the Remote Sensing datasets. The curriculum covers a wide range of remote sensing data interpretation and processing techniques.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG664: GEOINT Systems and Platforms
There are numerous systems and platforms that support the collection, visualization and dissemination of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT).  Platforms such as satellites and aircraft carry sensors systems that can detect both physical and man-made objects on the earth. Ground-based processing systems are used to analyze and visualize sensor data, and also to create and disseminate GEOINT products that guide decision-making. In this course you will learn how to develop and implement source-to-screen GEOINT workflows, and will understand how to use a system of systems approach to describe the programmatic and technical strengths and weaknesses of many different GEOINT systems and platforms.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG665: Algorithms for GEOINT Analysis
With increasing sources and platforms of geospatial and imagery data, GEOINT analysts face new challenges in data exploitation and analytics. This course focuses on communicating the knowledge and capabilities that allow GEOINT analysts to be more efficient in analyzing and understanding the activities, relationships, and patterns discovered from these GEOINT sources. The purpose of this course is to expose students to fundamental algorithms in geospatial intelligence and their application in methodological and substantive domains, and their implementation in computer programs and software systems. This course provides an introduction to theoretical and applied aspects of GEOINT systems and quantitative methods with a focus on spatial analysis. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of continuous and discrete geographical data for spatial problem-solving in both the human and physical spatial sciences. We will explore algorithms, data structures, and advanced computational topics. Implementation of algorithms will be explored through pseudo-code and a variety of scripting, data access, and programming languages.

  • Prerequisites: Students should have a background in GIS (GEOG 662)
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG697: Capstone Project
The Capstone is an independent research project that demonstrates competence in geospatial intelligence technologies. This project can originate from an internship, from relevant work at a current or past employer, or can be developed in conjunction with GCIS faculty. The student will prepare a project report and presentation which shall contain an executive summary, background information including a literature review and establishment of requirements, a detailed technical description of the project data and methods, a discussion of results obtained, and final conclusions and recommendations. The final project submission will include all data, computer code and/or workflow documentation required to replicate the project results. In completing this project, students develop a concrete example of how GEOINT technologies can be applied to solve real-world problems, and begin developing a portfolio that can be presented to potential employers.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG663: Big Data Analytics
This course is designed to introduce the analysis environment over big data sets (and tackling big data problems), primarily in geography and spatial sciences, but with broader appeal throughout the socio-behavioral sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of tools and environments that can be applied to the exploration, modeling, and visualization of big quantitative data. This course explores deep learning in the environment of Hadoop, Spark, Tensorflow, etc.

  • Prerequisites: GEOG685
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG680: Geospatial Intelligence Networks
Networks are an important part of the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) cycle, from the sensor networks that are used to collect raw geospatial information to the telecommunication networks that are used to disseminate finished GEOINT products.  Transportation networks, computer networks, social networks, and many other man-made and natural features can also be characterized by link-node network topology, and can be studied using network science methods.  Upon completion of this course you will be able to characterize and classify real-world GEOINT networks and their components, understand network dynamics including routing, scalability, and robustness, and be able to apply engineering methods for network design and network analysis.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG682: Open Source Intelligence
Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is information that is publicly available which is collected and analyzed to support decision-making.  The collection and analysis of OSINT is often considered to be the first step in developing an “all-source” intelligence product, where OSINT is fused with Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), and Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT), and Human Intelligence (HUMINT).  In this course you will learn about the sources, ethics, and methods that are associated with OSINT, and will also develop knowledge and skills related to open-source geospatial technologies and organizations such as the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG683: Hazards and Emergency Management
Timely and accurate Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) is essential for protecting people from hazardous events such as floods, wildfires, tsunamis, hurricanes, industrial accidents, and terrorist attacks. GEOINT plays a critical role in all four stages of emergency management: preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.  The use of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 terror attacks are two of the case studies that are discussed during this course.  You will develop a deeper understanding of the emergency management successes and failures that occurred during these historic and deadly events, and learn the technical skills to develop and disseminate GEOINT products that support decision-making at all four stages of emergency management.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG685: Machine Learning and Data Mining
This course is designed to introduce statistical and spatial analysis over machine learning in mining data sets (and tackling big data problems), primarily in geography and spatial sciences, but with broader appeal throughout the socio-behavioral sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of methods that can be applied to the exploration, modeling, and visualization of big quantitative data.This course explores data cleaning, statistical analysis, and data-mining for geospatial and non-geospatial data in structured and unstructured form, with an emphasis on large silos of data across diverse sources and assumptions.

  • Prerequisites: GEOGG665
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG686: Mobile GIS and Geocomputing
Designed as an introduction to mobile GIS, to the programming concepts underlying mobile GIS development, and more importantly, to the design and implementation of a mobile GIS application. Covers how to develop, test, and publish mobile GIS native apps working across two mobile platforms: Android and iOS. Leverages the capabilities of JavaScript, Swift, Google maps, ArcGIS Server and runtime SDK to develop and publish mobile GIS apps.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG687: Applied GEOINT- Regional GeoStrategic Issues
This course of study applies a geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) lens when examining the political, military, economic, and cultural effects of geography in historical and contemporary terms: the specific emphasis is placed on the role of geography in the formulation of regional, e.g., Africa, military/political policy in land power, sea power, and air power. Comprehensive geopolitical theories will be incorporated with geospatial technologies as analytical tools in this course.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG646: Intro to Programming for GIS
This course provides an introduction to computer programming using Python and web programming languages. It is required for students in the MSGIS program before they enroll in the more advanced programming courses (GEOG656). This course teaches students the fundamental concepts of computer science. Students will learn about the components of a computer program such as data management, conditional statements, iterative statements, and file processing. Students will develop programs and web apps for the purpose of automating tasks and assisting with data analysis.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG656: Advanced Programming and Scripting for GIS
This course teaches programming and scripting for GIS users. The concepts of scripting and object-oriented programming using the Python programming language are reviewed. This course teaches students to design clearly structured programs and introduces ArcPy, a library providing access to ArcGIS geoprocessing tools. ArcPy includes a series of modules such as data access, mapping, spatial analysis, and network analysis. Students will develop geoprocessing programs to edit, query, manipulate, and analyze spatial data (both vector and raster data) with Python, ArcPy, and other modules like NumPy.

  • Prerequisites: GEOG646
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG660: Advanced Remote Sensing using Lidar
This course will expand on remote sensing concepts with a focus on light detection and ranging (lidar) technology. Lidar, also known as laser scanning, is an active remote sensing tool that can produce high-resolution point clouds. This course will cover the fundamentals of lidar, explore current developments in lidar technology, and discuss different applications where it is being used. Students will get hands-on learning about lidar data management, processing, and analysis. It is recommended that students have some background in spatial modeling and computer programming.

  • Prerequisites: Students should have a background in passive remote sensing analysis.
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG666: Drones and Data Collection
Topics covered in this class include: how to prepare students to obtain their FAA Remote Pilot License; understand how to pick drone systems for a data need; and utilize Pix4D to process drone imagery. Before talking about data students will learn about drone and aviation-specific laws that will affect them while carrying out operations. Once legal limitations of drone flights have been covered the course will shift toward learning how to select a drone system based on specifications of the equipment and needs of the project. Students will then move on to data processing utilizing Pix4D, Python, and Bash to clean data and automate processing. By the end of the course students should be prepared to design flight plans taking into account regulations, data requirements, and environmental impacts.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG677: Web GIS
This course is designed to: (1) introduce the concepts and theories that are related to an increasingly important technology – Internet/Web GIS; (2) introduce various technologies or techniques for creating, analyzing, and disseminating GIS data and services via the Internet. The topics covered include the hardware/software structure of the Internet (e.g. server-client model, TCP/IP protocol), the evolution of Web GIS, and most importantly, different technology options. Students will be required to practice almost all of the Web GIS tools including Google Map API, ArcGIS Server, JavaScript API, GeoJSON, Mapbox, and Leaflet. Students will also be exposed to the experience of working with the cloud environment such as AWS EC2 and ArcGIS Online

  • Prerequisites: It is recommended students have some background in basic web design
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

Introduction to GIS

An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of geographic information systems/science (GIS). Topics include map interpretation of spatial and environmental relationships, cartographic principles, raster and vector data manipulation, projections and coordinate systems, geospatial data entry and collection, creating and editing geodatabases, and brief spatial analysis. Examples of GIS applications in government, business, and society will be presented. Lab demonstrations use GIS software to practice various techniques for exploring, manipulating, and analyzing geospatial data. Students will develop a conceptual and practical foundation that will serve as a gateway to more advanced GIS courses. 

  • Prerequisites: Admission to the MS GEOINT program. Credits received for this course will not count toward the degree.




MS and GC GEOINT are offered in fall/spring/summer/winter quarter terms. This 12-week long quarter system allows working professionals or part-time students to concentrate on 1 or 2 courses during each quarter. 

For a 12-week academic calendar in the following years, please visit

Students have until the first day of classes to register without penalty after which students will be subject to the office of registrar's non-standard course refund policy found on the resources page.




Students may study full-time or part-time, or skip a quarter term due to work or family reasons. MS GEOINT will require at least five terms to complete, and GC GEOINT will require at least two terms. The table below provides guidance on which courses are offered in each term and example course plans for each term (this plan assumes full-time status leading to graduation in five semesters).

Study plan


Courses and Study Plans (Click to open a longer version, updated on Feb 19, 2024)

* If you have questions about the course and study plan, please contact ruibo [at] (Dr. Ruibo Han) for details.

  1. Visit Testudo.
  2. Select Schedule of Classes.
  3. In the box marked Term: Select your specific term and year.
  4. Select Search.
  5. A listing of all departments offering courses for that term/year will appear.
  6. Scroll down and click on GEOG.
  7. Scroll down to the course and select Show Sections.
  8. Courses use section: GEOINT- PLG*(100% Online-Only Program) or PGS* (Hybrid/On-Campus Program)
  9. If you have questions about registration please visit the OES website 



STEP 1: Qualifications

The Graduate School requires all admitted graduate students to have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in another country. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is normally required for admission into this program. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required. International Applicants may submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores. Applicants must meet the requirements for full enrollment. For more information visit: International applicants who do not meet the requirements for full enrollment are NOT eligible for the Intensive or UMD English language bridge program. Please feel free to discuss your academic background with our Program director.

Students can be admitted into the program with various backgrounds. However, to be able to officially start the program in the fall, students are required to meet the prerequisite requirements:

  • An introductory course in GIS (or proof of practical/field experience)

To be admitted, applicants are not required to have any GIS or remote sensing background. However, before you can start the program, you may have to meet a certain prerequisite. For students applying to the Graduate Certificate and Masters track, only GIS is required as a prerequisite.  Prerequisite course Introduction to GIS is offered online during the summer proceeding the fall term when the program starts. You can either take the prerequisite course here at the University of Maryland or the equivalent course at other institutions. The prerequisite course does not count towards the degree.

STEP 2: Application Deadlines

Students are admitted to the program during either the Fall or Spring terms. Students in the hybrid format may choose to take courses on-campus or online, and have access to on-campus resources/services (Library, Gym, Dining, Transportation, etc), while online-only students may only attend classes online (simultaneously with on-campus students via Zoom or watch recordings after each class). Though tuition fee is the same for both formats, term based service fee  varies between these formats .

International students in the Hybrid format may apply for an F1 VISA to study in the US, and are entitled to a 24-month period STEM OPT extension after graduation. However, international students in the Online-Only format are not entitled to an F1 VISA or STEM OPT extension.

Hybrid (In-person/Online) Program Deadlines

Domestic and Permanent Resident

  • Fall 23 Firm: July 25, 2023


  • Spring 24 Priority*: Dec. 1, 2023
  • Spring 24 Firm: Feb. 1, 2024


  • Fall 24 Priority: May 1, 2024
  • Fall 24 Firm: July 2, 2024

* For permanent resident and domestic applicants interested in our hybrid programs (In-person/Online). This program allows the greatest amount of flexibility by allowing students to attend in person or online at their discretion. If you NEVER intend to come to campus we recommend you apply for our Online Only program ( see deadlines below).

International (in-person) Applicant Deadline:

Fall 2024 - March 15, 2024

* International applicants who are in the United States and already hold a valid visa for continuing their studies will be allowed to use the Domestic deadline dates. The International dates are only enforced for those who need to obtain a visa once they are admitted (ISSS).

Online Only Program Deadlines

Domestic and International

  • Fall 23 Firm: July 25, 2023


  • Spring 24 Priority*: Dec. 1, 2023
  • Spring 24 Firm: Feb. 1, 2024


  • Fall 24 Priority: May 1, 2024
  • Fall 24 Firm: July 2, 2024

* Priority deadlines are recommended for applicants who lack an introductory background in GIS. If you do not have academic or professional experience in GIS you may need to enroll in a prerequisite course at UMD.  

You are encouraged to contact us (geog-geoint [at] with any questions about application deadlines. For questions regarding international admissions please visit the International Student & Scholar Services Website.

STEP 3: Application Instructions

Useful links for applying to the University of Maryland Graduate School:

NOTE: Besides the standard Graduate School Application Form, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from previous colleges or universitiesa cover letter or personal statementresume, and at least two recommendation letters.

STEP 4: University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process

Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate Application
  • College or University Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Program/Department Supporting Documents
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through iThenticate for Admissions.

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource for information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance. Admitted international students will then receive instructions for obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require the submission of additional documents. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International Applicants for more information.

Graduate School Contact

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.


For the most up to date tuition and fees information please visit the Office of Extended Studies tuition and fees website

*There is a $40 department tech fee per course

 Full-time Lecturers

Ruibo Han, Ph.D.  

Faculty Website:
E-mail: ruibo [at]
Office Location: 1157 Lefrak Hall
Courses: GEOG662, 664, 685, 663, 686

Ruibo Han

Jonathan Hathaway


Faculty Website:
E-mail: jhathaw2 [at]
Office Location: 1137 Lefrak Hall

Jonathon Hathaway


Adjunct Lecturers

David Cook

David Cook

Mayur Gosai

Mayur Gosai

The Center for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS) is 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 and the only organization dedicated to promoting geospatial intelligence tradecraft in the USA.  


Our Graduate Certificate and Master of Science in Geospatial Intelligence programs are accredited by USGIF. USGIF's accreditation of collegiate Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Programs awards us the ability to offer students GEOINT certificates accompanying a UMD graduate certificate and MS degree. The University of Maryland is one of the 15 accredited schools in the USA. Students in our GEOINT program benefit from our partnership with USGIF through expanded access to cutting-edge technologies and tradecraft best practices as well as new opportunities to build a diverse professional network.

The accredited program ensures that 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.

Important Dates, Courses, and Registration [Back To FAQ]

1. Where can I find an updated list of courses, schedule and contact information?

2.  How do I register for MS courses?

  • With the UMD email account, you can go to TESTUDO at to register for the courses online by yourself. Register for ALL courses by:
  1. Clicking on Registration (Drop/Add)
  2. Logging into your account
  3. Adding your desired courses
  4. Click Submit and Sign-off
  • Once you get your UMD account and register for classes, you will be automatically added to ELMS ( The instructors will send you the syllabus and other information before the class starts. Please note that you can attend the lectures and lab sessions either in real classroom or online. 

3.  What are the course dates, schedule adjustment periods, and withdrawal deadlines?

  • MS courses do not meet for the standard semester or term dates. Courses with non-standard dates have different Schedule Adjustment periods and Drop with 'W' dates.
  • Non-standard course date listings and schedule adjustment periods can be found HERE
  • 12 week course Academic deadlines can be found HERE
  • Schedule Adjustment information can be found HERE

4.  Where can I find an Incomplete Contract?

  • If for any reason you are unable to complete all of the material for a course by the end of the course's term, you need to discuss this with the course instructor and fill out an Incomplete Contract 
  • Send a copy of the signed contract to Kristen Halliday at khallida [at]

5. What is the MS academic schedule?

6.  What are the registration dates for each term for MS GEOINT courses?

* Students have until the first day of classes to register without penalty after which students will be subject to the office of registrar non-standard course refund policy found on the resources page.
7. What if I need to take a term off?
  • The Graduate School requires continuous registration.  If you need to miss a term, you must fill out a Waiver of Continuous Registration and email it to Erin Jacobs at ekjacobs [at] before the start of the term.

8. What are the Graduate School policies and how can I request a modification?

  • All Graduate School students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to retain admission status
  • Some students are admitted provisionally. These students must receive a B or higher in all classes the first term or year.
  • For a request of modify policy, a Waiver of Regulation must be filled out and emailed to Kristen Halliday at khallida [at]
  • A complete list of the Graduation School policies can be found HERE
ELMS, Email, and Software [Back To FAQ]

1. Where do I go to receive my photo identification card?

  • Where to get your ID? What happens if you lose your ID? What programs and services are accessible with your ID? etc. You can find important information about students IDs here:
  • For Lefrak Hall 24/7 access please contact: Erin Jacobs at ekjacobs [at]

2. Where can I access free software such as office tools, downloads, design and productions and more?

3. My ArcGIS license code has expired, where can I get a new one?

4. Who do I contact about issues relating to the GEOG servers or VMware?

  • Please contact our tech staff at geoghelp [at]

5. Who do I contact about issues relating to ELMS, such as log-in problems?

6. How do I create and log in to my University email account?

Departmental and Campus Services [Back To FAQ]
  1. Where can I find information about the department's Computer Lab hours and policy?
  2. Where can I find information regarding on campus parking, shuttle information, maps and visitor directions?
  3. Where can I find information about recreational services?
    • You can find out about University gym memberships. Personal training and intramural sports and other facilities here:
  4. Where can I find online resources to supplement the knowledge and skills that we learn in class?
  • All UMD students have free access to, an online library with thousands of videos and tutorials on a wide range of skills such as Python Programming, R Programming, and Web Programming. You can find the UMD login page for Lynda here:

MS & GC Graduation Process  [Back To FAQ]

I am ready to graduate! What do I need to do?

If you are graduating with either a Master's Degree or a Graduate Certificate, follow these steps:

  • Complete an Application for Graduation within the first TEN DAYS of the term in which you will graduate.
    1. MS application (online)
    2. GC application-Complete and return directly to diploma [at]


Graduate Forms and Financial Aid  [Back To FAQ]
  1. Where can I find Health Forms such as Immunization, Medical history etc.?
    • The University Health Center requires each student to complete and submit an immunization form in order to remove registration blocks. You can find the forms here:
  2. Where can I find graduate school forms?
  3. Where can I access and pay my student bill or view my student account balance?
    • The Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering (formerly Bursar's office)
    • It includes everything students need to know about billing, payments, and refunds.  
    • Billing is run on the 25th of each month. Payment is due on the 20th of each month.
    • Students and families with questions about their accounts will continue to call us at (301) 314-9000 or visit us in the Financial Service Center, Suite 1135 in the Lee Building. 
  4. Does MS GEOINT program provide financial aids (scholarships, assistantships, etc.)?
    • Unfortunately, MS GEOINT program does not provide financial support. Students are encouraged to seek support from their employers or external opportunities.
      • Students are eligible for Graduate Assistant positions offered by the University of Maryland that can help cover some of their tuitions. Positions can be found here:
      • Internships are available to students from different agencies and organizations.
      • Students are eligible to participate in federal scholarship programs.
  5. What are the requirements for a loan?
    • If you need any information on loan requirements or financial aid you can go to the Office of Student Financial Aid website at
    • If you have any specific questions about loan requirements you can contact: Malina Heng at mheng [at] or 301-314-9859


Contact Information

Dr. Ruibo Han, CGIS Program Director

Office: 1157 Samuel J. LeFrak Hall

Email: geog-geoint [at]

Phone: 301-314-1343


Getting to Campus

LeFrak Hall Information

Google Maps Directions for UMD Campus and LeFrak Hall

Maps and Directions for Campus Visitors

Interactive Campus Map




Lot U2 at Mowatt Lane Parking Garage has unrestricted parking for visitors after 4 PM. Please park in Lot U2 (Mowatt Lane Parking Garage has several lots) for free parking after 4 PM. Read the signs. 

Mowatt Lane Parking Garage (404)
7591 Mowatt Ln., College Park, MD 20742

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02/19/2024 - 4:45 pm