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.

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 towards the MS GEOINT.

Either program may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, and may be taken online or on-site. Courses are offered during evenings and are scheduled in 12-week quarter terms.

The application deadline for admission in Fall 2019 is July 26, 2019
MS 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 ruibo [at] umd.edu (Dr. Ruibo Han) at geog-geoint [at] umd.edu.

 

 

Geospatial applications details for spring and fall

The 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 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.

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 Adobe Connect). 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.

International students, however, are limited in the way of taking classes. According to F-1 Visa regulations by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCSIS), only one "online" or "distance education" course per semester can be counted toward the student’s full course of study per academic period, and all other coursework must be delivered in a "contact" classroom .

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

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-admissionsNon-degree seeking students may transfer a maximum of nine (9) credits to an MS or Graduate Certificate program, contingent on admission to the degree or certificate program and on the approval of the faculty in the program.

 

Program Course List:

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

Type
Course #
Course Title
Credits
Core
Fundamentals of Geospatial Intelligence
3
Core
Advances in Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing
3
Core
Geospatial Intelligence Systems and Platforms
3
Core
Algorithms for Geospatial Intelligence Analysis
3
Core
Capstone Project: Problem-Solving in Geospatial Intelligence
3
Core*
Programming and Scripting for GIS*
3
Elective
Big Data Analytics
3
Elective
Geospatial Intelligence Networks
3
Elective
Open Source Intelligence
3
Elective
Hazards and Emergency Management
3
Elective
Mobile and Social Geocomputing
3
Elective*
Spatial Statistics*
3
Elective*
Web Programming*
3
Elective*
Advanced Remote Sensing Using Lidar*
3

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

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

 

Prerequisite Course List:

To get admission, the applicants are not required to have any GIS, remote sensing, and statistics background. However, before they can start the program, they have to meet the prerequisites. For students applying for Graduate Certificate track, only GIS and statistics are required as prerequisites. For students applying for the Master's degree track, they must have GIS, remote sensing and statistics background. These prerequisite courses (GEOG579, and GEOG579B) are offered online during the summer proceeding the fall term when the program starts. You can either take these prerequisite courses here in the University of Maryland or the equivalent courses in other institutions. The prerequisite courses do not count toward the degree.

Type
Course #
Course Title
Credits
Prerequisite
Introduction to GIS
2
Prerequisite
Introduction to Remote Sensing
2
Prerequisite
Introduction to Computer Programming
2
 

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 latest developments in the Remote Sensing datasets. The curriculum covers a wide range of remote sensing data interpretation and their 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 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 statistical analysis 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 methods that can be applied to the exploration, modeling, and visualization of big quantitative data. This course explores data fusion, 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: None
  • 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 a link-node network topology, and can be studied using network science methods.  Upon completion of this course you will be able 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]

GEOG686: Mobile and Social 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 developing and publishing mobile GIS apps.

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

GEOG656: 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: None
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG651: Spatial Statistics
This course is about quantitative analysis of spatial data. It is intended to provide a broad survey of various spatial statistic methods. The course is geared towards helping students: (1) develop an understanding of the important theoretical concepts in spatial data analysis; and (2) gain practical experience in the application of spatial statistics to a variety of social and environmental problems using the advanced statistical software. This course covers five broad topical areas: (1) point pattern analysis; (2) area data analysis; (3) continuous data analysis; (4) spatial sampling; and (5) multivariate spatial and temporal analysis.

  • Prerequisites: Students should have a background in elementary statistics and introductory GIS
  • There is a $40.00 lab fee for this course
  • 3 credits [Back To Course List]

GEOG657: Web Programming
Component-based web server design and efficient session and secure access management have become challenges to provide fast, robust, and flexible GIS services on the Internet.  This course is designed to teach fundamental techniques required in developing both client-side and server-side web application for not only GIS but also non-GIS applications. This course covers web design and static web generation using HTML5 and CSS, client-side programming with JavaScript, and dynamic web development using PHP and MySQL. Basic web design using HTML, XHTML, CSS, etc. is helpful, but not required.

  • Prerequisites: Students should have a background in basic computer programming (GEOG579C or GEOG656)
  • 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]

GEOG579 and GEOG579B: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
An introduction to geographic information systems and remote sensing. Topics include methods of obtaining quantitative information from remotely-sensed images, interpretation of remotely-sensed images for spatial and environmental relationships, characteristics and organization of geographic data including spatial data models for thematic mapping and map analysis and use of geographic information systems in society, government, and business. Practical experience with remote sensing software and geographic information systems.

  • Prerequisites: Admission to the MS GEOINT program. Credits received for this course will not count toward the degree.
  • 2 credits each [Back To Course List]

GEOG579C: Introduction to Computer Programming
This course is an introduction to computer programming using the Python programming language. It is recommended for students before they enroll in the more advanced programming courses. This course teaches students the fundamentals concepts of computer science. The students will learn about the core components of a computer program, such as data management, conditional statements, iterative statements, and file processing. Students will develop programs the purpose of automating tasks and assisting with data analysis.

  • Prerequisites: Admission to the MS GEOINT program. Credits received for this course will not count toward the degree.
  • 2 credits [Back To Course List]

 

 

Master of Professional Studies and Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Geospatial Intelligence

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. 

Schedule for the current academic year is as follows:

Fall Term 2018  
First Day of Classes 8/27/2018 (Monday)
Labor Day 9/3/2018 (Monday)
Last Day of Classes 11/16/2018 (Friday)
Winter Term 2019  
First Day of Classes 11/26/2018 (Monday)
Winter Break 12/25/17 - 1/1/19 (Tuesday - Tuesday)
Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday 1/21/2019 (Monday)
Last Day of Classes 2/15/2019 (Friday)
 
Spring Term 2019  
First Day of Classes 2/25/2019 (Monday)
Spring Break 3/17/19 - 3/24/19 (Sunday - Sunday)
Last Day of Classes 5/17/2019 (Friday)
Summer Term 2019  
First Day of Classes 5/28/2019 (Tuesday)
Independence Holiday 7/4/2019 (Wednesday)
Last Day of Classes 8/16/2019 (Friday)

 

 

For 12-week academic calendar in the following years, please visit https://www.provost.umd.edu/calendar/index.html

Students have the options to 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).

MPSGEOINT2019StudyPlan

Courses and Study Plans (Click to open a longer version, updated on Nov 26, 2018)

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

Summer 2019 schedule of courses:

GEOG661 Fundamentals of Geospatial Intelligence
W 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1106
H 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1106
8/26 - 11/15 (12 week)

GEOG662 Advances in Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing
M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1106
T 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1106
8/26 - 11/15 (12 week)

GEOG686 Mobile and Social Geocomputing
W 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1201
H 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1201
8/26 - 11/15 (12 week)

GEOG697 Capstone Project
M 5:30-8pm LEC TBA
8/26 - 11/15 (12 week)

 
 

Summer 2019 schedule of courses:

GEOG680 Geospatial Intelligence Networks
W 5:30-8pm LEC LEF 1106
H 5:30-8pm LAB LEF 1106
5/28 - 8/16 (12 week)

GEOG682 Open Source Intelligence
M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1106
T 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1106
5/28 - 8/16 (12 week)

Spring 2019 schedule of courses:

GEOG661 Fundamentals of Geospatial Intelligence

W 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1201
H 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1201
2/25 - 5/17 (12 week)
 
GEOG663 Big Data Analytics
W 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1106
H 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1106
2/25 - 5/17 (12 week)
 

GEOG683 Hazards and Emergency Management

M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1106
T 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1106
2/25 - 5/17 (12 week)
 

GEOG697 Capstone Project

M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1201
2/25 - 5/17 (12 week)
 

Winter 2019 schedule of courses:

GEOG665 Algorithms for GEOINT Analysis

M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1106
T 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1106
11/26 - 2/15 (12 week)

GEOG664 GEOINT Systems and Platforms

W 5:30-8pm LEC LEF 1106
H 5:30-8pm LAB LEF 1106
11/26 - 2/15 (12 week)

 

Fall 2018 schedule of courses:

 GEOG661 Fundamentals of Geospatial Intelligence

M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1201
T 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1138
8/27 - 11/16 (12 week)

GEOG662 Advances in Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing

W 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1106
H 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1106
8/27 - 11/16 (12 week)

GEOG686 Mobile and Social Geocomputing

M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1106
T 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1106
8/27 - 11/16 (12 week)

 

Summer 2018 schedule of courses:

GEOG663 Big Data Analytics

M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1106
T 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1106
5/29 - 8/17 (12 week)

GEOG680 Geospatial Intelligence Networks

W 5:30-8pm LEC KEY 0102
H 5:30-8pm LAB  KEY 0103
5/29 - 8/17 (12 week)

The following are shared from MS GIS,  please consult ruibo [at] umd.edu (Dr. Ruibo Han) before registering for these courses.

 

  1. GEOG651 (Spatial Statistics): Mondays (Lecture), Tuesdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 06/04/18-08/11/18
  2. GEOG656 (Programming and Scripting for GIS): Wednesdays (Lecture), Thursdays (Lab), 5:30-8pm, 06/04/18-08/11/18
Registration Dates:
 
Winter 19' - October 24
Spring 19' - November 2
Summer 19' - February 28
Fall 19' - March 29
 
* 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.
 

 

 

The schedule of courses offered in Fall 2017:

Geog661 Fundamentals of GEOINT
W 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1121
H 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1121
8/28 - 11/17 (12 week)
 
Geog662 Advances in GIS and RS
M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF 1106
T 5:30-8pm LAB LEF 1106
8/28 - 11/17 (12 week)
 
The schedule of courses offered in Winter 2017:
 
Geog664  GEOINT Systems and Platforms
W 5:30-8pm LEC LEF 1106
H 5:30-8pm LAB LEF 1106
11/27 - 2/16 (12 week)
 
Geog665 Algorithms for GEOINT Analysis
M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF 1106
T 5:30-8pm LAB LEF 1106
11/27 - 2/16 (12 week)
 

The schedule of courses offered in Spring 2018:

Geog661 Fundamentals of GEOINT
W 5:30-8pm LEC LEF1106
H 5:30-8pm LAB  LEF1106
2/26 - 5/18 (12 week)
 
Geog662 Advances in GIS and RS
M 5:30-8pm LEC LEF 1106
T 5:30-8pm LAB LEF 1106
2/26 - 5/18 (12 week)
 
Geog683 Hazards and Emergency Management
M 5:30-8pm LEC TBD
T 5:30-8pm LAB TBD
2/26 - 5/18 (12 week)
 

Notice:

May 16th, 2019

Please note the Fall 2019 Master of Science application is temporarily unavailable while program updates are being made. We will continue to review new applicants once the application is restored. Please continue to check our web page for updates.

 

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 must score at least 100 on the TOEFL exam for admissions consideration. 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 and/or Remote Sensing (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 certain prerequisites. For students applying to the Graduate Certificate track, only GIS is required as prerequisite. For students applying to the Master's degree track, they must have a prior course in GIS and Remote Sensing. Prerequisite courses (GEOG579, and GEOG579B) are offered online during the summer proceeding the fall term when the program starts. You can either take these prerequisite courses here at the University of Maryland or the equivalent courses at other institutions. The prerequisite courses do not count towards the degree.

    STEP 2: Application Deadlines

    Domestic students are admitted to the program during either the Fall and Spring terms. International applicants may only be admitted to the Master's Track (not graduate certificate) for the Fall terms.

    Domestic and Permanent Resident Deadlines:

    • Spring Priority- December 14
    • Spring Firm- February 15
    • Fall Priority - May 16
    • Fall Firm- July 26

    International Applicant Deadline: 

    • Fall - March 15 

    You are encouraged to contact us (geog-geoint [at] umd.edu) with any questions about application deadlines. The actual deadlines may vary depending on your background. 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 statement,  resume, and at least two recommendation letters.

    STEP 4: University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process

    The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. 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 the 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 submission of additional documents. Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International Applicants for more information.

    Graduate School Contact

    Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.

    Tuition/Fees (as of Fall 2019)
    Tuition: $819.00 per credit (same for in-state and out-of-state)
    Mandatory Campus Fee: Fall / Spring:
    $451.00 part-time flat rate per term (1 to 8 credits)
    $817.50 full time flat rate per term (9 or more credits)
    Winter / Summer:
    $100.00 flat rate per term
    Lab Fees: Some courses have a $40.00 lab fee
    International Student Fee: For all international students (who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents)
    $62.50 per semester part-time
    $125.00 per semester full-time
    Fee revenue will be used to support international students: improved academic support, expanded assistance for students transitioning to the U.S., and international student-focused cultural events to foster an engaged, supportive community.

    Note: Tuition will potentially increase annually at the same rate as the university graduate school tuition.

    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 in Geospatial Intelligence program is 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. 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 accreditated 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?

    • Prior to registering each term, you will have an online advising block that will prohibit you from registering.  Complete the Online Advising form. After it is reviewed by the MS program, your block will be lifted (estimate time: 24 hours).
    • With the UMD email account, you can go to TESTUDO at http://www.testudo.umd.edu/ 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 (http://elms.umd.edu). 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 Krisen Bergery at kbergery [at] umd.edu

    5. What is the MS academic schedule?

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

    • The following are registration dates for each term:
    Winter 2019 - October 24, 2018
    Spring 2019 - November 2, 2018
    Summer 2019 - February 28, 2019
    Fall 2019- March 29, 2019
     
    * 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 Kristen Bergery at kbergery [at] umd.edu before the start of the term.

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

    • All Graduate Schhol 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 Bergery at kbergery [at] umd.edu
    • 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: http://registrar.umd.edu/current/Policies/id-cards.html
    • For Lefrak Hall 24/7 access please contact Liz Smith at lizsmith [at] umd.edu

    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. How do I log into the VMware?

    • You can find all the steps to logging into the VMware by clicking here: 

    VMware Instructions for Windows
    VMware Instructions for Mac

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

    • Please contact our tech staff at geoghelp [at] geog.umd.edu

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

    7. 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: http://recwell.umd.edu/
    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 Lynda.com, 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: http://lyndatraining.umd.edu/

    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] umd.edu

    Masters Students-Complete the following three forms. Be sure to use:

    • Graduate Program code: MPGI
    • Supporting Area: Leave Blank
    • Area of Specialization: Leave Blank

    Graduate Certificate Students-Complete the following form:

    1. Graduate Certificate Completion Form-Please fill out the personal information at the top of the form and scan it back to Kristen Bergery at kbergery [at] umd.edu.  The rest of the form will be completed and scanned to Graduate School directly by the MS program staff.   Due by the end of the first week of classes in the term in which you will graduate
    Please remember that you must be registered for at least 1 credit during the term in which you are graduating. It is VERY important that you turn in ALL forms when they are due. If you miss the deadline for submission, the Graduate School requires a Waiver of Regulation Petition that can take up to two weeks to process and may delay your graduation.

     

    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: http://www.health.umd.edu/about/forms
    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)billpay.umd.edu
      • It includes everything students need to know about billing, payments, and refunds.  The website also has the resources faculty and staff need to initiate charges – including CCP and SAR forms. 
      • 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: https://ejobs.umd.edu
        • 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 http://www.financialaid.umd.edu/loans/
      • If you have any specific questions about loan requirements you can contact: Malina Heng at mheng [at] umd.edu or 301-314-9859
    6. Currently serving or served in the army? Know your education benefits?

     

    Contact Information

    Dr. Ruibo Han, CGIS Program Director

    Office: 1111B Samuel J. LeFrak Hall

    Email: geog-geoint [at] umd.edu

    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

     

     

    Parking

    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.

    Mowatt Lane Parking Garage (404)
    7591 Mowatt Ln., College Park, MD 20742
    http://maps.umd.edu/map/index.html?&feature=building&name=404&basemap=detailed

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